Posted Aug 4, 2013, 9:31 PM
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DENVER - Historic Cheesman Park Neighborhood
Denver’s Cheesman Park began as one of the city’s first cemeteries - Mt. Prospect. Established in 1859 by Denver founder William Larimer, the land for Mt. Prospect was sold to Denver by the U.S. government for $200. Years later, as development encroached upon what was now known as City Cemetery, it was decided that the cemetery should be moved and in its place a park created. The city hired German landscape architect and civil engineer Reinhard Schuetze who finished designs for the park in 1898 with construction commencing in 1902. Early residential began with the platting of Wyman’s Addition in 1882 and Morgan’s Capitol Hill Subdivision in 1887. The neighborhood contains all of the Humboldt Street and Morgan’s Subdivision Historic Districts and part of the Wyman Historic District and was originally served by several streetcar lines with the earliest being a cable car up Colfax to York Street in the mid 1880s. Today the area is a mixture of single family homes, conversions, apartment buildings, high-rise apartments and condos, and commercial buildings.
Cheesman Park as seen from above - Note that this photo was borrowed from a fellow forumer the1wags with permission.
Taken by the1wags - Originally posted here - http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=205348
A map for orientation
Queen Anne - 1890 - Architect John Lewis.
Some photos from the namesake park
The Cheesman Park Memorial Pavilion - Neoclassical (1909) - Architects Willis A. Marean and Albert J. Norton. Built of Colorado Yule marble, Alice Cheesman had this pavilion created as a memorial to her husband Walter Cheesman, the parks namesake. Denver Mayor Walter Speer encouraged the city’s wealthy citizens to donate statues and memorials to the city’s parks during the “City Beautiful” era.
During the sixties alot of homes were demolished to make way for apartment and condo towers. The building center-right in the background of this shot is Cheesman Gardens, built in 1968 where the Leopold Guldman home once stood.
The Guldman home - demo’ed in 1968 to make way for Cheesman Gardens.
Denver Public Library, Western History Collection
The building to the right in this shot is One Cheesman Place which replaced the Henry Collbran house (pictured below) in 1969.
The Greek Revival style Collbran home that once stood on the north end of the park.
Denver Public Library, Western History Collection, Louise G. Friedman
A two-story Classical Revival style apartment house built in 1914. Architects - Baerresen Brothers.
The Waldman Apartments - this Mediterranean Revival style building was designed by architects William E. Fisher and Arthur A. Fisher in 1922 - converted to condos in 1979.
The Bernard Apartments 1923 - Mediterranean Revival - Architects Fisher and Fisher.
1908 Tudor style apartments
The Jeleen Apartments - twin Classical Revival style built in 1910
The Blu-Ett Apartments - 1928 Spanish Eclectic designed b architects F. W. Ireland and E. W. Parr
Italian Renaissance Revival - 1925 - Architect Jules Jacques Benedict
Italian Renaissance Revival - 1924 - Achitect J. J. Benedict
Mediterranean Revival - 1920 - Architect J. J. Benedict
Beaux Arts - 1922 - Architect J.J. Benedict. Lots of interesting details on the side wall - an oriel window over twin decorated arched windows set in light-colored stone, and with bas-relief designs
Colonial Revival - 1917 - Architects Aaron M. Gove and Thomas F. Walsh
The Avon - Tudor - 1931 - Architects F.W. Ireland and E.W. Parr
Tudor style apartments - 1930 - Lots of detail here - Gothic arches, corner turret, iron balconettes, and small dormers with oculus windows.
Queen Anne - 1891.
The Denver Botanic Gardens / Boettcher Memorial Conservatory 1966 - built of interlaced concrete. Architects Victor Hornbein and Edward White
Botanic Gardens House - Beaux Arts - 1926. Architect - J.J. Benedict. Donated to the DBG in 1958 for its headquarters.
Firehouse No. 15 - Classical Revival - 1903. Architect John J. Huddart. Converted in 1988 to a pair of side by side residences
Denver Square - 1908
The Austin - Italian Renaissance Revival - 1904. Architect Audley W. Reynolds.
And lastly some photos from the Humboldt Street Historic District
Eclectic style home with interesting Gothic windows with tracery - 1903. Architect Walter E. Rice.
Georgian Revival - 1905 - Architects Baerresen Bothers.
Georgian Revival - 1906 - Architect Frederick Sterner.
Tammen House. Eclectic / Classical Revival - 1909 - Architect Edwin H. Moorman. U.S. presidents Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, while holding office, both spoke from an entry hall balcony in this home.
Denver Square / Mission Revival - 1904 - Architect Harlan Thomas.
Stoiber-Reed-Humpheys mansion, Renaissance Revival- 1907 - Architects Willis Marean and Albert Norton. This three-story thirty room home includes a mosaic-tile swimming pool and barbershop in the basement. The home backs to Cheesman Park and is almost impossible to photograph due to the 12 ft. fence and greenery. The homes first owner Lena Stoiber‘s second husband, Hugh Rood , went down on the Titanic while Lena remained in England
Alright , that’s it everyone. If you managed to view to the end I appreciate it. This is one massive thread. Thanks All.
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Denver - Capitol Hill Neighborhood Part I
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