The Capitol Hill neighborhood was formed in the late 19th century and is filled with mansions built for Denver’s wealthy in Tudor, Victorian and Greek Revival styles as well as the Denver Style, which combined classical styles with turrets, sprites and porches. Many of the mansions are still standing, including the “Unsinkable Molly Brown,” built in 1889 and restored to its original Victorian interior. There are nine designated historic districts in Capitol Hill as the neighborhood has undergone extensive revitalization, renovation and rehabilitation in recent years.
Within the neighborhood of Capitol Hill, there are ten smaller communities: North Capitol Hill, which includes everything from small shops to skyscrapers; West City Park features popular restaurants, coffee houses and specialty stores; South City Park offers community entertainment at City Park Pavilion, which has trails used by runners, bikers, skaters and families on a stroll. Capitol Hill itself is where the State Capitol Building is located, making it the fourth neighborhood in the area.
The fifth neighborhood is delineated at the point where the South Capitol Hill and Cheesman Park neighborhoods split. It is considered a popular area and features mansions and apartments co-existing with one another beautifully. The sixth neighborhood in the area is Cheesman Park, and the Congress Park neighborhood takes residents and visitors back to old Denver with quiet streets and local, family-owned shops. The architecture in this neighborhood is intricate and grand.
The popular Cherry Creek trail winds through the neighborhood of Speer, also known as Governor’s Park. Large and small businesses are located here and the high rise business and residential buildings offer views of the mountains and city. Castle-like mansions and exquisite cottages are found on the tree-lined streets of the Country Club Historic District. This neighborhood features some of the finest architecture found in Denver. The last neighborhood in the Capitol Hill area is Cherry Creek, known for its art galleries and excellent restaurants. The Cherry Creek Arts Festival and Films of Filmore make their homes here.
Cheesman Park is part of downtown Denver and residents find themselves at the center of what makes Denver a wonderful and sophisticated city. Residents are close to their jobs, shops and services, and are often able to travel on foot or by bike. Downtown Denver is made up of 13 neighborhoods, each with a unique personality. There are historic buildings, museums, art districts, parks and great shopping areas.
The Colorado State Capitol Building is in downtown in the neighborhood of Capitol Hill, just a few blocks from Cheesman Park. The US Mint, Denver Art Museum and Byers-Evans House, built in 1883, are also located here. The Denver Convention Center, the Denver Performing Arts Center, Trianon Museum and Art Gallery and the pedestrian-only 16th Street Mall are notable fixtures as well. Six Flags Elitch Gardens Amusement Park, the Children’s Museum of Denver and Colorado’s Ocean Journey, a 106,500 square foot aquarium, are located in the Central Platte Valley downtown neighborhood.
The Pepsi Center, home of the NBA team the Denver Nuggets, is adjacent to this neighborhood. Coors Field is at the south end of downtown, as well as Larimer Street with its antique shops, coffeehouses, boutiques, cafes and small businesses. Larimer Square features entertainment, restaurants and shops.
The neighborhood of Highland is home to Potter’s Row, a district of renovated Victorian houses and the West 28th Avenue Historic District (Stoneman’s Row) with its turn of the century flagstone houses and walkways. There are hundreds of acres of parkland in the 13 downtown neighborhoods. Confluence Park in Central Platte Valley neighborhood is located on the South Platte River and offers kayaking and City Park is adjacent to the Uptown and Whittier neighborhoods and is the home of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Denver Zoo.
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