7th Avenue Historic District

Although the East 7th Avenue Historic District is Denver’s largest historic district, it is only two blocks wide for most of its length. The district runs from Logan Street to Colorado Boulevard and from East 6th Avenue to East 8th Avenue. When the 7th Avenue parkway was created in 1912, larger homes were typically built on the parkway and smaller homes on the north-south streets.

Many of Denver’s finest architects worked in the district and also chose to live there. Residences favored by the wealthy from 1890 to World War I were mainly in the Neoclassical, Colonial Revival, and Mediterranean Revival styles. The middle class tended toward the American Arts and Crafts movement with its bolder design in square column supports, wide overhangs, exposed wood rafters, and massive wood brackets. English Tudors, Dutch Colonial Revivals, French manor houses, and other architectural styles are also on display in the neighborhood.

Following a fire in the 1860s, Denver created an ordinance requiring brick construction in homes. The residences in this district reflect the wide variety of brick produced in local brickyards, along with a high level of masonry that created distinctive patterns and designs.