Congress Park had its beginning in 1903 as the site of Denver’s first city nursery. Reinhard Schuetze, Denver’s first landscape architect, imported a variety of saplings and started a nursery within the park for their care. When Congress Park was renamed Cheesman Park in 1907, the name Congress Park was retained for the nursery. Today, the park offers playgrounds, tennis courts and an outdoor swimming pool.
Architecture in Congress Park is varied. Styles include Queen Anne, Denver Square, Arts and Crafts and Victorian. Congress Park is also characterized by elegant apartment buildings from the 1930s and more modern apartment houses built in the last half century.