Denver’s 26-block Lower Downtown district, affectionately known as LoDo, is one of the hottest spots in the city. With more than 100 restaurants, 30 art galleries, numerous nightclubs and boutiques, hip urban lofts, and elegant condominiums, the neighborhood, bordered by the Platte River, Speer Boulevard, and 23rd and Lawrence Streets, is a revitalization success story.
LoDo links past and present. In 1858 General William Larimer, Jr., founded Denver on the site of what is now LoDo. Over the years, LoDo changed from an early frontier town to a 1920s Market Street red-light district to a 1970s warehouse center. Designated a historic district in 1988, LoDo underwent major redevelopment during the 1980s and 1990s to become the vital neighborhood it is today.
LoDo contains one of the finest remaining collections of late 19th- and early 20th-century commercial buildings in the American West. Many of these original buildings have been renovated into unique and exclusive residential lofts or office buildings, as well as shops, art galleries and restaurants.
Larimer Square in LoDo is a lively hub of nightlife, shopping and special events, as well as Denver’s premier historic district. Whether it’s breakfast at an outdoor café, a leisurely carriage ride, an afternoon of shopping, a game of pool, or live entertainment, Larimer Square is an integral part of Denver’s urban experience. Best of all, it is surrounded by some of the city’s finest residential high-rises, historic lofts and new condominiums.
LoDo is just blocks from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the second largest performing arts complex in the United States. (Only New York’s Lincoln Center has greater capacity.) Coors Field, Denver’s major league ballpark, is in LoDo, and minutes away are Invesco Field at Mile High (home of the Denver Broncos), Six Flags Elitch Gardens, the Pepsi Center, Colorado’s Ocean Journey, and Confluence Park, a hot spot to kayak.