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Columns & Coffee Curtis Park

COFFEE AT 8:30am


As Tom Noel and Barbara Norgren wrote in their book, Denver, the City Beautiful, “Denver was no thing of beauty in the 1890s…commercial buildings were thrown up recklessly, sometimes robbing adjacent structures of sunshine, air circulation, and public access.  Parks were conspicuously absent.  Denver acquired only one block of park space between 1858 and 1879, a gift that is now part of Curtis Park (1868).”*

Bill West writes in his 2012 essay, “The History of Curtis Park”:
“The record of those early days is still to be read in the houses of our neighborhood. Wherever you look in Curtis Park, you will see large houses for those who could afford them, and much smaller ones for those of more modest means. The mixture of houses constitutes a record of a unique period in Denver’s history when persons of widely different incomes lived easily and comfortably together, providing us with a heritage of tolerance which we continue to enjoy.”**

Please join Columns & Coffee as historian, author, and historic preservation advocate, Bill West, gives us a tour of his eclectic neighborhood, highlighting some of the changes that have occurred over the years in Denver’s oldest neighborhood, pointing out fine examples Italianate, Queen Anne, and Victorian Eclectic architectural styles, and explaining the resurgence of interest and preservation that has occurred since the neighborhood’s inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.

*Denver, the City Beautiful by Thomas J. Noel and Barbara S. Norgren, 1987, pg. 8.
**”The History of Curtis Park” by William A. West, 2012, pg. 3.

Location:  At 8:30am meet for coffee at CREMA COFFEE HOUSE, 2862 Larimer Street, on the northern edge of the Curtis Park neighborhood.

Cost:  $10 General.  No cost to ICAA Members.

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