Denver Landmarks & Historic Districts: A Pictorial Guide

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University Press of Colorado, 1996 - History - 162 pages
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Conceived in gold lust and born in the middle of nowhere on a cold autumn day, Denver grew up on mining booms and busts. Building their city rapidly and recklessly, Denverites tore down 'old-fashioned buildings' to construct their own grand new monuments. Not until the 1960s did the people of Denver, alarmed by wholesale urban-renewal demolitions and a new building boom, convince the mayor and city council to form the Denver Landmark Preservation Commission to identify and preserve the most important landmarks. To date, more than 250 landmarks and 28 historic districts have been preserved. Denver Landmarks and Historic Districts is the only volume of its kind to celebrate Denver's finest antique homes, churches, clubs, saloons, hotels, libraries, schools, restaurants, and banks -- many of which are open to the public. Here is the story of the Daniels and Fisher Tower, Elitch's Theatre, Denver's best city parks, the Denver Press Club, the Denver Athletic Club, notorious houses of ill repute, a tiny Five Points black mortuary that became a Hispanic pool hall, and much more. A brief history of Denver introduces readers to building types, materials, and styles and architects, showing how buildings reflect various ethnic and economic groups. An overview of the preservation movement covers the history of the Denver Landmark Preservation Commission and local preservation battles.

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