Sunday, July 17, 2011

Monday Colors..

Denver Historical District
Whittier-San Rafael

As I often do,when running errands,I try to take different routes to and from my destination.
This was no different as I leisurely drove through an older historical area of Denver..
My errands completed, i found a shaded spot to park,grabbed the Nikon and started clicking..
My attention had been captured by this magnificent  home. The house was locked and barred tightly.
I curiously prowled the grounds, discovering an array/abundance of flowers..although the yard was landscaped, it needed tender caring to reach it's beautiful potential.. 

Miller House
2501 High Street
2501 High Street Whittier Neighborhood DenverBuilt: 1902
Architect: Robert Russell
Style: Romanesque
This striking residence was home to Byron L. Miller, a banker and realtor, until 1948 when ownership changed to Talbert Bartholomew, a railroad worker. After a period of serving as a boarding house, the house was purchased in the early 1970s by the current owners and returned to single-family use.
This corner-lot house stands out as much for its building materials as its design. The austerity of its rusticated gray limestone blocks are offset by red sandstone detailing surrounding the narrow arched windows, creating a fine visual balance. 2501 High Street Whittier Neighborhood DenverA widow's walk atop the house gives a commanding view of the surrounding neighborhood and two gargoyles are ever at their post to overlook the goings-on on High Street.2501 High Street Whittier Neighborhood Denver

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Another intriguing house in the same general area is this one..
Quite lovely to look at.. and very photogenic..

Schulz-Neef House
1739 E. 29th Avenue
1739 E. 29th Avenue Whittier Neighborhood DenverBuilt: 1881
Architect: unknown
Style: Gothic Revival/Carpenter Gothic
Built for German immigrant R. Ernst Schulz, a bookeeper at the German National Bank and real estate investor, the first residents also included prominent architect Frederick C. Eberley and family.
The house then became home to Max Neef and family after his brother Fred (whose house on Grove Street is also a Denver Landmark) acquired it at public auction in 1883.
1739 E. 29th Avenue Whittier Neighborhood DenverMax and Fred Neef were liquor and tobacco wholesalers as well as saloon owners. They later owned and operated the Neef Brothers Brewery, one of the largest in the West. Max Neef died in the house in 1921, but his family continued to live there until the passing of his wife Carrie in 1945.
The house was briefly converted to four apartments, but returned to single-family use by The Nonakas, a Japanese family displaced during W.W.II who lived there from 1946-1967.
In the 1970s and 1980s, this was the home of Reynelda Muse, Colorado's first African-American and first woman news anchor. Her husband Daniel Muse was the Colorado Assistant Attorney General, and later served as City Attorney of Denver.
The Schulz-Neef house is one of the oldest homes in the Whittier Neighborhood. Its steeply-gabled roof, ornamental woodwork and pointed finials stand out as a fine example of the Gothic Revival architectural style, a rarity in Denver residences.
Perhaps one of the most famous homes of all in this district...
Cody House
2932 Lafayette Street
2932 Lafayette Street Whittier Neighborhood DenverBuilt: 1892
Architect: Smith
Style: Victorian Eclectic
Home to Mary (May) Cody Branford Decker, sister of William "Buffalo Bill" Cody. Cody, known as a frontier Indian fighter and Buffalo hunter gained international fame for his wild west show, died here in 1917. Mrs. Decker lived in the house until her death in 1926.
A metal buffalo sculpture adorns the front yard.  
2932 Lafayette Street Whittier Neighborhood Denver

The day was perfect in the early morning hours, but soon turned steamy..
After walking several blocks in either direction, and retracing my steps back to the parked car, the air conditioned car and my waiting jug of ice water beckoned me! Fully rested, refreshed and cooled down, I headed home to edit my pics of the day..

Please join  our friends for more Monday colorful fun:
Blue Monday
Mellow Yellow Monday
Mosaic Monday


  1. Somehow I never think of that sort of architecture when I think of Colorado. Thanks for the tour and the lesson!

  2. Denver has such interesting architecture. I love the way you surrounded the house with flowers in that mosaic.

  3. Such a lovely post! Very interesting houses. And a superb mosaic.

  4. Some very beautiful old ladies. Great mosaic.

  5. Hi Loui, wow, those houses are graceful. The flowers are such pretty colors. Just a lovely post!!

    Hugs, Barb

  6. Oh my, so absolutely lovely. Too bad it's so warm out there, but I am glad that you did show us those houses.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

  7. Those houses are beautiful. Wouldn't you love to see the insides!

  8. Love your house & flower pictures!

  9. Wonderful series of photos. The flowers and mosaic are gorgeous. And I love the buffalo sculpture.

  10. Hi Loui !

    I love old architecture - it has so much history to it...

    I just joined your blog as a follower - I didn't know you had a blog, so I'm so happy to have found it - you've blended your love of Florida coastal life with Mountain life perfectly!

    Thanks for sharing these lovely photos and flowers!

  11. Hi again - I added you to my beachy blogs! Thanks again!


  12. These are great! It all reminds me of the day I was married in Boulder and we drove through the neighborhood there on our way to see a Colorado sunset out in the great wide open.

    xo xo from Miami Beach :)


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