Curtis Park, established in the 1860s and 1870s, was one of the first fashionable “suburbs” in Denver and was in the heart of the city’s population boom in the late 1800s.
Though the neighborhood enjoyed close proximity to downtown and was serviced by a streetcar line, by the turn of the century the neighborhood experienced the first of several economic cycles. Like many urban neighborhoods, Curtis Park deteriorated during the 1960s and 1970s, but even by the mid-70s new residents were drawn to revitalize these older homes.
Curtis Park, which includes the Clements, San Rafael, and Glenarm Place historic districts, has a variety of architectural styles. One can see Queen Anne, Victorian and Italianate homes, as well as an engaging melding of styles built by residents lacking formal architectural training. With over 500 late 19th century homes and a large portion of the neighborhood named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, Curtis Park has great appeal for those working to restore the luster to this important urban neighborhood.