Larimer Square - Denver, CO
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
N 39° 44.857 W 104° 59.975
13S E 500035 N 4399745
Quick Description: Dana Crawford was successful to create the nation's first historic neighborhood revitalization campaign in 1969, providing mixed space for shops, restaurants and offices.
Location: Colorado, United States
Date Posted: 12/4/2010 3:57:31 PM
Waymark Code: WMA8VA
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
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Long Description:
"The Larimer Square Historic District, covering the 1400 block of Larimer Street, was the birthplace of Denver City in 1858, with false-fronted stores, hotels and saloons catering to prospectors and pioneers. The original wood buildings were destroyed during the fires of 1863, but the surviving second generation two and three-story late Victorian brick buildings date from the late 19th century. In the mid 1870's, it was the main street of the city, and the site of Denver's first post office, bank, theater, and streetcar line. By the 1930s, urban decay left a skid row of pawnshops, gin mills, and flophouses. The buildings were spared demolition from the sweeping urban renewal projects of the mid-1960's, primarily due to the efforts of Denver preservationist Dana Crawford. As part of the nation's first historic neighborhood revitalization campaign, a for-profit corporation renovated all 16 of the block's commercial buildings in 1969, providing mixed space for shops, restaurants and offices." (from (visit link) )

As a Denver native, I grew up with the run-down area of lower downtown Denver and the radical ideas of Dana Crawford that these old buildings were worth preserving and renovating into Larimer Square. As a young college students, we would go to Larimer for poetry readings (some really baaaad poetry!), comedy shows and funky retail of beads, incense and peace signs - it was the 1970s since Larimer was revived in 1969. This is still a vital economic area one block west of the 16th Street Mall and a main walkway to the Auraria Higher Education Center. The application for Larimers designation as a National Historic District may be found at (visit link) .

The above coordinates are for the NRHD plaque on the wall outside of Ted's.
Street address:
15th and Larimer
Denver, CO USA

County / Borough / Parish: Denver

Year listed: 1973

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering

Periods of significance: 1875-1899

Historic function: Commerce/Trade

Current function: Commerce/Trade, Recreation And Culture

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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