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Denver Houses

When I first started looking at houses in Denver, I was so impressed with the variety of the architecture here.  And, coming from Virginia, where even the new houses are built in colonial style, I was wowed by the stunning lack of colonial style homes.  Denver wasn’t developed much till after the mid- 1800s, well past the colonial period.   I started reading all I could get my hands on about the styles of homes in Denver.  I saw a quote in a book, which  I can’t remember the name of.  It was by a circa 1904 reporter from Chicago, or another city, commenting on the beauty of Denver’s private homes, and public schools.  Driving around, I would stop in front of houses just to take pictures of them.  Here is a sampling.  I apologize for the small photos, most of these were taken with my pre-iPhone phone camera:

This storybook style house is on busy Colorado Boulevard.  I wish it was on a quieter street, and was for sale.  photo (1)

La Rue, one of the many charming early 20th century apartment buildings with a name.

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Two story, one story and one and a half story Victorians

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Mid Century Modern, not a ton of them, but enough to be fun.

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Meet Me in St. Louis, Louie?

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Creative paint colors on this brick Victorian

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Queen Anne style victorian – shades of  Tim Burton

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 Bungalow with Tudor influence

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Another mid-mod

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And another

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Some more cute apartment buildings -Rene

I love the geometry,  circle and triangle shaped shrubs in front of this balanced mass of shapes.

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The middle eastern influenced – The Carolyn

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I can’t remember this one’s name, but it’s foyer windows look like the Empire State Building at night.

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Many of Denver’s houses are brick, on account of it’s fireproof, and it’s kind of dry here.  Sometimes they have fun and games with brickwork.

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Even modest houses are little works of art

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And people aren’t afraid to paint their houses purple

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Now to the house we ended up buying in 2011.

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It’s not really Arts & Crafts style, though it has many details that lean in that direction.  It is basically an American Foursquare, known in Denver as a Denver Square, with some Arts & Crafts influence (the windows, the built in hutch), and a bit of colonial revival details (columns on the front porch).

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