Posts Tagged With: Larimer Square

Exploring Denver’s Historic Neighborhoods Tour

Denver has beautiful historic neighborhoods, each with an unique shopping district and personality.  Your guided tour will begin with a stop at a retail marijuana shop (or bring your own). All our limos are stocked with water, sodas, and gourmet snacks. Alcoholic beverages upon request. Marijuana smoking is allowed in the limo.

Tour options are

South Pearl Street, Old South Gaylord Street, Washington Park, and Larimer Square.

Larimer Square, LoDo, and The Highlands 

Downtown Denver, Capitol Hill, City Park, Cheeseman Park, including a tour of The Brown Palace Hotel or Molly Brown’s House 

LarimerSquareDenverLarimer Square is an area as rich in history as it is in fine shopping and dining. It is the  Mile High City’s oldest and most historic block.

The history of what we now know as Denver goes back to the 19th century land claims. In 1858, Colorado was born as news of gold spread east. Green Russell and a party of Georgians made the first gold strike that summer. They settled at the point where Speer Boulevard crosses Larimer Street today and called their camp Auraria. Soon another group arrived and set up town stakes across the creek and called their settlement St. Charles (about where the Granite building now stands on the corner of 15th and Larimer Streets). Then most of the second group went back to Kansas during the winter to register their township and stock up on provisions to return in the spring.

antiqueJust after their departure, another group from Kansas arrived at St. Charles headed by General William H. Larimer Jr. He liked what he found and immediately staked out a town for himself as he sent his sidekicks off to Leavenworth. They arrived before the original St. Charles representatives and “jumped” the claim, renaming the town site Denver City after James Denver, the territorial governor of Kansas. The main street was named after General Larimer. Larimer and his son constructed a 16-foot by 20-foot cabin shortly after they arrived. The down-to-earth General had an interesting sense of humor; the doors to his cabin were coffin lids! Also, his cabin had the only “glass” window in Denver.

old-south-gaylordThe Old South Gaylord Shopping District is the second oldest shopping district in Denver. Old South Gaylord St., was founded in 1924.  It was a cable car turn-around for the Denver City Tramway Company until the 1950’s when the streetcars were replaced with buses.

77797_near_s_pearl_st_s_iowa_ave_denver The Old South Pearl Shopping District, located on several blocks of South Pearl St. It is a favorite shopping destination of many Denverites. In June of 1893, the Denver Tramway Company extended it’s trolley car line from Alameda to Jewell Avenue along South Pearl Street. A few years later, tracks were completed south to Evans and then east to service the growing University of Denver. The University of Denver quickly became known as Tramway Tech and the building boom was on.

$175 per person. 

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Downtown Denver Museums and Landmarks

Denver has something for everyone. You can park and walk. The Cultural Complex Garage is the most convenient place to park. It is located at 12th Avenue and Broadway, opens daily at 6 am. Enter the garage from 12th Avenue just west of Broadway. Rates for parking in this garage will range from $1 for up to 59 minutes to $10 for the daily maximum (excluding special events). The early bird parking rate is $7 per day. Rates are posted inside the garage entrance.  lists downtown parking lots and fees. You can walk to the 16th Street Mall where a FREE shuttle runs the length of 16th Street.

capitalThe Colorado State Capitol was modeled after the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C., the 272-foot-high dome is covered with 200 ounces of 24kt. gold leaf. The truly priceless material is inside where the entire world’s supply of Colorado rose onyx was used as wainscoting. Construction on the building began in 1886 and was completed in 1908. The Colorado State Capitol Building is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and the tours are FREE. You can book a tour by going to their website.



colorado historyThe History Colorado Center is a popular tourist destination. It gives insight into the spirit of the people who made Denver and Colorado what it is today. Admission is $12 for Adults and $10 for Seniors



civic center parkThe splendid Civic Center Park results from the inspiration fostered by the “City Beautiful Movement” following the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. Elements of well-designed and beautiful parkways, fountains and tree landscaping were merged together in this space and in many other U.S. city park beautification programs.Tthe City and County Building, completed in 1932, anchors the west end of this park. During the summer months, Civic Center Park hosts multiple fun festivals. From Civic Center Park you can look over many of downtown’s architectural gems, including the Denver Public Library designed by Michael Graves, the original 28-sided Denver Art Museum designed by Gio Ponti, the new Hamilton building at The Denver Art Museum designed by Daniel Libeskind and the neo-classical City & County Building. Nearby you’ll find the Byers-Evans House, which was built in 1883 and is now a museum, and the U.S. Mint, modeled after the Plazzo Riccardi in Florene, which was built in 1904. Civic Center Park is also full of public art, from Old West-inspired pieces to modern wonders.

Entrance to United States Mint in DenverIt is a short walk through Civil Center Park to the Denver Mint. Mint tours are FREE and must be prebooked online. Due to constructions tours are not available until February 1.

composite01The Denver Art Museum is one of the largest art museums between Chicago and the West Coast, with a collection of more than 70,000 works of art divided between 10 permanent collections including African, American Indian, Asian, European and American, modern and contemporary, pre-Columbian, photography, Spanish Colonial, textile, and western American art. There are currently 24 additional exhibits. Budget at least four hours to tour DAM. Admission is $13 and $10 for Seniors. There are workshops available for the art lover and artist. The Denver Art Museum has three excellent restaurants and unique shopping.

Byers Evans House The Byers-Evans House was home to two prominent Denver families and is one of the city’s most historic landmarks. Built in 1883, it has been beautifully restored to the period between 1912 and 1924. Polished wood finishes, brightly patterned wallpapers, ornate mantles, and period draperies form a backdrop for a rich variety of Evans family furnishings. Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for Seniors.Tours start at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, & 2:30 pm.

firefighters museumThe Denver Firefighters Museum is housed in a 1909 firehouse listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The original Station One was dedicated on January 2, 1882 as home to the Broadway Hose Co. No. 6, a volunteer company organized on February 27, 1881. The original fire house faced three streets; 15th Street, Broadway and Cheyenne. The elaborate building was two stories tall and was topped with a belfry that contained a 1600 pound bell. Admission is $6 for Adults and $5 for Seniors.



navThe American Museum of Western Art houses an impressive art collection. The beautiful Navarre Building, located across from the Brown Palace in downtown Denver, has a very interesting and colorful history of its own. The building was designed and built in 1880 by architect F.E. Edbrooke. It opened as Brinker Collegiate Institute, a school for young ladies. After Joseph Brinker’s death in 1889, the building was sold and opened as Hotel Richelieu. The building soon became known as a “sporting house” or “bordello”. One could dine publicly or in private with popular “ladies of the night”. Legend has it that the tunnel in the wine cellar was constructed when the Brown Palace was being built in 1892 as a way to discreetly bring clientele over from the Brown. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for Seniors.

item2.rendition.slideshowWideVertical.brown-palace-hotel-denver-coloradoThe Brown Palace Hotel is the second-oldest operating of Denver and is one of the first atrium-style hotels ever built. It was built in 1892 of sandstone and red granite, one year later than the Oxford Hotel. It was named for its original owner, Henry C. Brown, and was designed with its distinctive triangular shape by architect Frank Edbrooke. Guided historical tours recounting interesting anecdotes about the general history of The Brown Palace Hotel are offered every Wednesday and Saturday at 3 p.m. Tours are approximately one hour fiften minutes and cost $10 per person and limited to five guests. Reservations are required. For larger groups, specialized tours and events refer to the website.

470911860_14cb409b8d_zDaniel & Fisher Tower is a distinctive Denver, Colorado landmark. Built as part of the Daniels & Fisher department store in 1910, it was the tallest between the Mississippi and California at the time of construction, at a height of 325 feet. The building was designed by the architect Frederick Sterner and modeled after The Campanile (St. Mark’s Bell Tower) at the Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy.The 20-floor clock tower has clock faces on all four sides This landmark houses Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret Denver’s most magical showroom with the best in live entertainment, a visually sumptuous decor, and a tantalizing array of food and drink.

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