Mayor Michael Hancock joined state and national representatives yesterday in a ceremony inside the McNichols building to reveal plaques that commemorate Civic Center's new status as a national historic landmark. That honor is determined by the National Park Service and given to areas or buildings th ... More >>
It wasn't long ago that Denver planners had the crackpot idea of putting a new Colorado history museum underground in Civic Center Park, right by the McNichols building, once a Carnegie library. Cooler heads put the kibosh on that. And now Denver's Civic Center has been designated a National Histori ... More >>
The Croke-Patterson Mansion is a historic gem, with official designation from the Landmark Preservation Commission, Colorado State Register of Historic Properties, and the National Register of Historic Places. And new owners are ready to add a new chapter in that history, opening the building as the ... More >>
Auraria has been around for a long time -- longer than Colorado has been an actual state -- but it's changed quite a bit since 1858. It started out as Auraria Township, a pioneer settlement that served as a popular destination during the gold rush; the root of the name comes from the Latin word for ... More >>
If you've been looking forward to a sizzling sugar steak to kick off this year's Independence Day, you'll have to reschedule. Bastien's Restaurant, a Denver's Best Low-End Steakhouse winner and 2010's Best Addition to the National Register of Historic Places, will be closed all next week.
They're getting close! Updates to Civic Center Park have shuttered many of its features for months as crews repair work funded by $9.5 million from the Denver Better Bond Project. Surrounded by fences, the park closed to the public in March and partially re-opened in April, and now there's an end in ... More >>
Within the next three to nine months, Denver's Civic Center could become the city's first national historic landmark. Earlier this week, Mayor Michael Hancock testified at a National Park System advisory board meeting in favor of the area's qualification of the honor, which will move to the National ... More >>
"What is that thing at the end of your block?" For the last year, that's been a regular query from people heading to Highland -- from I-25, from Speer Boulevard, from 15th Street -- who inevitably catch sight of the imposing structure that now stands at the edge of the bluff overlooking the h ... More >>
Big pics below.Lakewood was just named one of ten All-America Cities -- a designation well worth celebrating. However, the community's Facebook page could do a better job of horn-tooting. In fact, its profile photos don't even feature the city, and other shots are pretty hit and miss. Luckily ... More >>
College View: House looks like a dragon.
The basement house pictured above is one of the few remaining examples of a historic architectural style that proliferated in southwest Denver for a brief time after World War 2. In this side view, the house looks like a dragon, with the head and neck ... More >>
Camp Amache in 40s."Forward Into the Past, a feature story from the September 13, 2001 issue of Westword, told the tale of teacher John Hopper's historical journey. This trek resulted in Hopper being honored with the History Colorado Presidents Award last night at the Colorado Historical Soci ... More >>
Hickenlooper.Beer was flowing (figuratively, at least) when John Hickenlooper offered his first address to the Colorado Legislature yesterday and told the story of a brewpub. Not the Denver-centric story of the Wynkoop Brewing Co., the iconic LoDo spot, but a venture that grew out of that pro ... More >>
Against all odds, Denver has a vibrant downtown that weds the present with the past -- and today, it celebrates both something old and something new, starting with a ribbon-cutting at the Four Seasons Hotel Denver at 1111 14th Street.
At this moment, I would be watching the sun come up -- but my view to the east is blocked by a huge construction project, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. I'm not complaining -- the old tree that used to be on that lot blocked my view, too, until the new owners cho ... More >>
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Figure 74. Rosedale: Wrought up in the west.
On the occasion of Historic Denver's 40th Anniversary, it is only fitting to recognize that preservation is an unnatural human desire in which an abnormal degree of gratification is linked to a particular object from the re ... More >>
Leadville has a long, colorful history. Colorful enough even without the latest colorful chapter: the much-publicized arrest in Ireland of Leadville-come-lately resident Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, a 31-year-old blond, single mom whose own mother -- also a recent addition to the Leadville lineup -- ... More >>