South Park Hill Urban Hiking
South Park Hill, which is south of Park Hill and Northeast Park Hill, shares the same east/west boundaries (Quebec and Colorado) with its northern neighbors, but its southern boundary is Colfax and its northern is E 23rd Ave. This end of Park Hill weighs in with big homes, quaint cottages, and boulevards of Denver’s historic founders’ homes.
Really Big to Quaint
Park Hill was the mastermind of the quirky and bizarre Baron von Winckler, who fled Prussia in embarrassment and died with a flourish. In between, he built Park Hill, taunted his neighbors, failed at the races, and ultimately scorned everyone. He was, none the less, able to persuade the rich to locate their homes east of City Park and away from the filth of downtown. They purchased the homes along Montview Blvd for $5000, and Park Hill began.
Lots of Smart Kids Here
The neighborhood can get heady on the important corners and along the parkway corridors. But intermingled between the big homes are charming bungalows and artful alleys. Holding up the eastern end of neighborhood sit the old Colorado Women’s College, now schooling artists at The Denver School of the Arts, and culinarists at Johnson & Wales University.
Flying Cows Are Important
Like its northern neighbors, the South Park Hill homes range from large historic mansions from the turn of the century to 1940s-50s homes surviving the World War II boom. There are few scraps and flips here; the neighborhood seems to want to hold on to its history and charm. Sadly, no parks dot South Park Hill, but both 17th Ave and Monaco hold nice grassy park-like medians. Large trees have matured, providing park like conditions even where no parks exist.
On this 4-mile walk, we followed the recommendations of Historic Denver and authors Thomas Noel and William Hansen from their book The Park Hill Neighborhood, following a route that stopped at many of the homes mentioned in the book.
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