Curtis Park

Denver's Oldest Neighborhood

Curtis Park, just to the northeast of downtown Denver, lies Denver's oldest neighborhood representative of the great golden age of Denver. Curtis Park had a short lived boom, with its wealthy residents and newcomers preferring the growing Capitol neighborhood. Among the earliest in Denver, this neighborhood northeast of downtown was developed between 1885 and 1890. Developer Samuel Curtis offered residents a neighborhood with a small park (now Mestizo-Curtis Park) in 1868. Three years later, the suburb was connected to downtown with the opening of a horse-drawn streetcar line. From the downtown retail shops at 16th Street  Curtis Park at 27th Street, this line followed the dirt path that would become Champa Street.  The community experienced an influx of diverse residents, ranging from socially elite businessmen to school teachers and blacksmiths. As a result, the architectural styles of the residences lining Champa, Curtis, California, and Stout Streets varied widely, from Victorian mansions to one-story cottages. 

Curtis Park today is reflective of its past offering a diverse trendy neighborhood reflective of is architecturally rich past still today. The neighbors offer everything from Italianates, Queen Anne Victorians to small cottages.

About the Neighborhood

Denver's Oldest Neighborhood
Curtis Park Historic District
Golden Age
Victorian Architecture
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