Down and Out in Denver

The Heidelberg… Fantastisch!

Posted in architecture, capitol hill apartments, denver by Alastair on March 13, 2010

I grew up in a rather small suburb of an East Coast city far, far away… It wasn’t always a life of bright lights and big cities for dear, old Alastair. Right next door to my hometown was an even smaller town named Heidelberg. As you might  imagine, it was a community primarily occupied by immigrants: Irish, Polish, Ukrainian, Italian, and German. Thanks to this experience, I love a good pierogi, pampushky, and golumpki (aka stuffed cabbage rolls) every so often. So, when I stumbled across the Heidelberg, located at 1270 Marion Street, it was love at first sight. 

My mother had a wonderful collection of German beer steins and I often have thoughts of passing the Heidelberg one day… door ajar… and sounds of German drinking and beer garden songs coming from within… Tausend Fasser Bier or Kranzerl Polka. Who doesn’t love a good old German Oom-Pah Band!? A boy can dream… 

Aren't you boys cold in those shorts?!


Das Heidelberg ist fantastisch!


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


Capitol Hill Apartments

Posted in architecture, capitol hill apartments, denver by Alastair on January 27, 2010

As you may have read, the apartment buildings of Capitol Hill are some of my favorites. See The Patrician. I don’t know of any particular reason for the names but one street is called ‘Poets Row” because of the naming. In an attempt to find out more, I’ve recently contacted a Denver historian to see if they could shed a little more light on the subject.

In the meantime here’s another gem from the neighborhood, the Galaxy, located at 1260 Humboldt Street. Perhaps the only space-aged feature of this structure (which now houses condominiums) is the distinctly Jetsons-esque typeface employed on the front of the building to spell out its name.

The Galaxy

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