Down and Out in Denver

The Gaucho

Posted in architecture, capitol hill apartments, denver by Alastair on March 7, 2010

You may have read my past posts (here, and here) regarding my obsession with Capitol Hill apartments and more specifically the unrelated names often given to them. Well, I’ve made little progress finding out why the trend is so prevalent in Denver, especially when compared to the other cities I’ve lived in. However, that’s not going to stop me from continuing to share these little gems with all of you. I’ve also decided to make the experience a lot more fun for everyone. Introducing the Gaucho, located at E. 12th Avenue and Clarkson.

Gaucho, 1201 Clarkson

Don’t be fooled, the Gaucho is an apartment building, not a church.

Gaucho Signage

The gaucho… a romantic image of the past, represented freedom from colonial control… the dusty boots, poncho, his bandy legs, and an untamed spirit. Massive estancias. I present to you the Gaucho, re-imagined:

The Gaucho: Reimagined



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  1. Dan Gonzales said, on March 7, 2010 at 11:11 am

    I’m enamored with The Aapartel (1221 Clarkson) which has fake snow adorning the plastic sign letters year round

    • Alastair said, on March 8, 2010 at 11:32 am

      Thanks, Dan. The Aapartel sounds lovely… but what’s with that spelling? You should send us a photo at and we’ll post it.

  2. Steven J said, on March 7, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    If you like Capitol Hill and all it’s charm. Swing into the Grant Street Mansion at 11th and Grant. This amazing historic landmark is 24,000 SF and has everything from brilliant woodwork to leather wallpaper. Carmen just opened our coffee shop on the first floor with a great patio to relax on as the weather improves.
    Happy Sunday
    Steven J. (aka on this site MSB 🙂

  3. Historiann said, on March 9, 2010 at 11:40 am

    “The Gaucho” is a regrettable fashion trend from the 1970s, too. Long may it Rest in Peace, I say–but it looks like it may be back! I think I had a pair of gauchos in 4th grade–but even then, realized what a tragically mistaken fad it was.

    (Example here:|B000E7BMFQ&CPNG=&ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001) What are you thinking, Isaac Mizrahi?

    • Blake said, on March 10, 2010 at 9:43 pm

      I think I’ve seen one of Alastair’s friends wearing these recently… Maybe that’s where his gaucho obsession comes from.

  4. bsgirl said, on March 9, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    “The Gaucho.” That’s awesome. One day I want to be able to say, “Why don’t you come over and join me for a drink … at The Gaucho.”

    • Blake said, on March 10, 2010 at 9:42 pm

      I know, it would indeed be fantastic! While Alastair and I both live in named apartment buildings here in D-Town, neither of us has quite that name, alas…

  5. Tony said, on August 31, 2010 at 5:19 am

    If you are ever interested in knowing more about this place, look me up. I own it and know more of its rather unique history…

    • Dylan ricker said, on May 17, 2015 at 4:34 pm

      Hello all,

      Can anyone give me any feedback about what living at gaucho is like? Has anyone been inside or does anyone know the area at all?

      Thank you,

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