The Observatory Park and University Park neighborhoods enjoy not only easy access to I-25, nearby movie theaters, organic markets and cafes but also the architectural and cultural influence of their location near the University of Denver campus.
The history of this neighborhood is linked with John Evans, who was named Colorado’s 2nd territorial governor by Abraham Lincoln in 1862. Evans developed Northwestern University in Illinois in the 1870s, which served as his model for what became the University of Denver (DU) in the late 1800s. The mansion homes and wide, tree-lined streets that were constructed in these neighborhoods at that time took their cue from the “conscience and culture” atmosphere associated with DU. While other architectural styles have joined the mix, the neighborhood retains this storybook, upscale feel.
Observatory Park, named for the historic Chamberlin Observatory on East Warren Avenue, offers a green haven for strollers, picnickers, rugby players and more.