Neighborhood Spotlight: Curtis Park
Welcome to our new monthly feature! Every month we will be spotlighting a new neighborhood in Denver and the surrounding suburbs. We are starting this month with one of Denver’s oldest neighborhoods: Curtis Park.
Curtis Park is a small neighborhood just north of downtown Denver. Often confused with RiNo, Ballpark, and Five Points, it’s boarder cuts through the middle of Larimer Street, goes up to Downing Street, cuts through the alleyway between Welton Street and California Street, and down to Park Avenue West.
A Brief History
In 1871, the first streetcar line was built leading from the old city center, turning onto Champa at 16th and running up to 27th Street. The once very rural area was quickly built up with“substantial brick residences” between 1871 and 1879 and, by 1887, almost all the houses in Curtis Park had been built. As the first residential neighborhood in the city, Curtis Park was very economically mixed with large homes built next to more modest home, something that can still be seen today. The development of Capital Hill and the Silver Crash of 1893 eventually lead to the departure of many of the more prosperous residents and many of their large homes were converted to boarding homes. During the 1920s – 1950s, the neighborhood became quite diverse with large populations of Hispanic Americans, African Americans, and Japanese Americans moving in. For more history, check out Curtis Park Neighbors.
What We Love
It’s hard to not fall in love with Curtis Park. The tree lined streets and mix of Denver Square brick houses, Queen Anne Victorians, and smaller row homes give the neighborhood an eclectic and historic look and feel. It’s close proximity to downtown Denver and the variety of wonderful businesses sprinkled throughout the small neighborhood is also a huge perk (check out our Pinterest Board to see some of our favorites)!