Following a devastating fire in 1863, wooden buildings
were rebuilt forming LoDo's characteristic simple red brick design,
unique cornices, and stately arched windows.
An early frontier town called St. Charles, this area
became a bawdy saloon and red-light district in the 1920s. By the
1970s it was primarily warehouses. Many were abandoned.
||LoDo at the turn of the 20th century.
Early “pioneers” began reclaiming this
area as early as the mid-1970s. In the late 1980s, some of the historic
buildings were re-developed into mixed-use establishments, combining
residential and commercial. A concerted influx of residents occurred
in the mid-‘90s.
Construction of Coors Field in 1993 became a catalyst
for development, and one by one all of the historic buildings have
been renovated. Surface parking lots and vacant fields also provided
opportunities for new construction, mostly residential units.
LoDo epitomizes ideal urban living. It has restaurants, art galleries,
coffee houses, and many residential lofts. People come to LoDo to
live, work, and play.
The success of LoDo in large part is due to the adventuresome
spirit of the people living here. My husband and I have lived in LoDo since 1992.
|The Tattered Cover book store in LoDo is a
Union Station, our beautiful historic train station, is becoming our inter-modal
transportation hub, connecting travelers, commuters and residents
to and from the Denver Metro area.
Lower Downtown, a B-7 District, is bordered by Larimer to Wynkoop
Streets, and Speer Boulevard to 20th. Other nearby neighborhoods
include Central Platte Valley and
Riverfront, The BallPark Neighborhood, No Do, Five Points, and
Contact me for a walking tour of LoDo
and the surrounding areas.
The Wynkoop BrewING COMPANY
The Wynkoop Brewing Company is Colorado's
oldest brewpub and a favorite LoDo watering hole and pool hall.
The Wynkoop Billiards. Photo courtesy of the Wynkoop
Other LoDo Websites
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