See Denver Neighborhood Changes From Slot Houses, Development Boom

The contrast between the old and the new at 1565 Raleigh Street. Additional photos below.
The contrast between the old and the new at 1565 Raleigh Street. Additional photos below.
Photo by Christine Franck courtesy of CUDenverCarta.org

The recently published post "Denver Development and Controversial Impact of 'Slot Houses'" draws upon "Documenting Change in Denver," part of an analysis being conducted by the University of Colorado Denver's Center for Advanced Research and Traditional Architecture.

In tracking the building boom in Denver, CARTA director Christine Franck spotlights the West Colfax neighborhood (and a small part of the Sloan's Lake neighborhood) and the proliferation there of "slot houses," which she describes as "two rows of townhouses that are turned and faced inward toward each other."

The design is among the most controversial in Denver — a frequent target of locals who complain about fugly buildings that destroy the traditional character of the areas in which they're erected.

For the study, Franck photographed many of the slot houses and other new multi-unit complexes in the aforementioned neighborhoods. She stresses that the images aren't meant to be pejorative; she tried her best to remain neutral by merely documenting the structures and their juxtaposition with previously built dwellings. But we have a feeling her shots will stir strong reactions among viewers no matter how they feel about the current state of development in Denver.

Look below to see twenty of Franck's photos from the West Colfax and Sloan's Lake neighborhoods. Click to check out "Documenting Change in Denver" in its entirety.

3024 West 19th Avenue.
3024 West 19th Avenue.
Photo by Christine Franck courtesy of CUDenverCarta.org
1544 Zenobia Street.
1544 Zenobia Street.
Photo by Christine Franck courtesy of CUDenverCarta.org
3120-3136 West 19th Avenue.
3120-3136 West 19th Avenue.
Photo by Christine Franck courtesy of CUDenverCarta.org
3255-3259 West 17th Avenue.
3255-3259 West 17th Avenue.
Photo by Christine Franck courtesy of CUDenverCarta.org
3115-3133 West 18th Avenue.
3115-3133 West 18th Avenue.
Photo by Christine Franck courtesy of CUDenverCarta.org
3127 West Conejos Place.
3127 West Conejos Place.
Photo by Christine Franck courtesy of CUDenverCarta.org
1240 Xavier Street.
1240 Xavier Street.
Photo by Christine Franck courtesy of CUDenverCarta.org
3224 West 18th Avenue.
3224 West 18th Avenue.
Photo by Christine Franck courtesy of CUDenverCarta.org
3227-3241 West 19th Avenue.
3227-3241 West 19th Avenue.
Photo by Christine Franck courtesy of CUDenverCarta.org
3227 West 20th Avenue.
3227 West 20th Avenue.
Photo by Christine Franck courtesy of CUDenverCarta.org

Continue to see ten more photos depicting development in Denver's West Colfax and Sloan's Lake neighborhood, including additional images of slot houses.

 

3300-3320 West 19th Avenue.
3300-3320 West 19th Avenue.
Photo by Christine Franck courtesy of CUDenverCarta.org
3319-3345 West 18th Avenue.
3319-3345 West 18th Avenue.
Photo by Christine Franck courtesy of CUDenverCarta.org
3333-3351 West 20th Avenue.
3333-3351 West 20th Avenue.
Photo by Christine Franck courtesy of CUDenverCarta.org
3421-3433 West 16th Avenue.EXPAND
3421-3433 West 16th Avenue.
Photo by Christine Franck courtesy of CUDenverCarta.org
3424 West 18th Avenue.
3424 West 18th Avenue.
Photo by Christine Franck courtesy of CUDenverCarta.org
3432-3446 West 18th Avenue.
3432-3446 West 18th Avenue.
Photo by Christine Franck courtesy of CUDenverCarta.org
3500-3516 West 17th Avenue.
3500-3516 West 17th Avenue.
Photo by Christine Franck courtesy of CUDenverCarta.org
3500-3548 West 18th Avenue.
3500-3548 West 18th Avenue.
Photo by Christine Franck courtesy of CUDenverCarta.org
4900 West 17th Avenue.
4900 West 17th Avenue.
Photo by Christine Franck courtesy of CUDenverCarta.org
1730 Lowell Boulevard.
1730 Lowell Boulevard.
Photo by Christine Franck courtesy of CUDenverCarta.org


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