Down and Out in Denver

The Patrician

Posted in architecture, capitol hill apartments, denver by Alastair on January 18, 2010

The Patrician, located in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood at East 11th Avenue and Corona Street, is just one of the innumerable apartment buildings and complexes around Denver that have been given a proper name. It’s a feature of Denver that has always intrigued me and is something that I only recall experiencing in such great numbers during my time in London. What’s particularly fascinating is that in most cases, but not all, the name given to the building and its design or architectural style often have little to no shared features or attributes. Seriously, what’s so patrician about The Patrician? And why are so many apartment buildings in Denver given these names? Well, Alastair is hitting the pavement and scouring the Denver Public Library to find out. Stay tuned.

The Patrician

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  1. Blake said, on January 18, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Two posts in two days! What’s the world coming to, Alastair?

    I could not agree more. There is NOTHING patrician about the Patrician; just check out the sorry “For Rent” (or sale?) signs on the lawn and tacked to the corner of the building. The only city where I’ve seen as much building naming is in LA. A good friend of mine there used to live in the Chateau Lexington and there was nothing French or chateau-like about it.

  2. Malena Watrous said, on January 20, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    I love named buildings, especially when their names clash with their facades (as they so often do). We should start a collection of photos of these.

    • Alastair said, on January 22, 2010 at 8:47 am

      Great idea. If you have a submission, I’d be happy to include it in my update.

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