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:
La Rue, one of the many charming early 20th century apartment buildings with a name.
Two story, one story and one and a half story Victorians
Mid Century Modern, not a ton of them, but enough to be fun.
Meet Me in St. Louis, Louie?
Creative paint colors on this brick Victorian
Queen Anne style victorian – shades of Tim Burton
Bungalow with Tudor influence
Some more cute apartment buildings -Rene
I love the geometry, circle and triangle shaped shrubs in front of this balanced mass of shapes.
The middle eastern influenced – The Carolyn
I can’t remember this one’s name, but it’s foyer windows look like the Empire State Building at night.
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.
[insert photo of Calico house}
Even modest houses are little works of art
And people aren’t afraid to paint their houses purple
Now to the house we ended up buying in 2011.
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).