The Historic District of Denver's Larimer Square
The Georgians that lay claim to Denver’s first gold strike called a portion of Larimer Street home in 1858. Larimer Square originated in the mind of Dana Crawford in 1965 on land that was the homestead of General William Larimer. General Larimer, the original upcycler, utilized casket lids as doors for his first cabin. Crawford prevented the Denver Urban Renewal Authority from tearing down buildings in the historic district, now known as Larimer Square, to build skyscrapers. Larimer Square is located between the alleys of Larimer and Market Street lying between 14th and 15th Streets. This trendy shopping and restaurant district, steeped in history is perfect for a summer weekend getaway.
The Granite Building: Larimer Square’s Graham-Clayton Building, also known as The Granite, was constructed in 1882 to house the McNamara Dry Goods Company. The architecturally grand building was utilized as a run down cheap hotel when Crawford purchased it. The ornate staircase and elegant stained glass windows have been beautifully restored. The building is now home to 15 businesses.
Where to Stay: Denver’s Four Season's Hotel is conveniently located on 14th Street. Guests will feel pampered by the hotel staff and amenities including a spa and babysitting services. Guests that appreciate original 1911 architectural details will enjoy staying at Hotel Teatro, also located along 14th Street. The award winning, ultra chic boutique hotel is an excellent choice. Located along 15th Street, the Aloft Downtown Denver Hotel is an excellent location for visitors that like to socialize. Guests enjoy cocktails in WXYZ Bar and dancing the night away in Re: Mix Lounge.
Where to Eat: Corridor 44 is a trendy restaurant, located at 1433 Larimer Street, offering savory appetizers, cocktails and hearty main dishes from salmon to lamb chops sure to please the discriminating palate. The Market is a great place to grab soup, salad or a sandwich for lunch, while visiting the shops along 14th Street. The turkey with cranberry and cream cheese sandwich on wheat bread is a delicious choice. Escape the crowds along Larimer Street and enjoy a cocktail at Rioja. Then stay for dinner and enjoy an awesome pasta dish.
Shopping: Larimer Square is well established as a shopping district. Every shoe fashionista will want to visit John Fluevog Shoes for the latest styles. Shoppers may pick-up a treat for the four-pawed member of the family at Dog Savvy Boutique and Spa. Art connoisseurs are sure to discover the perfect art piece at Sally Centigrade Art Gallery. Hailee Grace is a contemporary women’s boutique. Lash offers semi-permanent eyelash extensions.
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