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Building Histories

This Old House: Denver’s Adolph Zang Mansion

Adolph Zang Mansion, January 1977. By History Colorado, Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation. 5DV177OAHP
Adolph Zang Family, between 1886 and 1901. By Rose & Hopkins. H-112
Zang Brewery Company Stables, November 27, 1977. Demolished in 1983. X-23904

Do you ever wonder about the past lives of old Denver mansions?

At 709 Clarkson Street sits a brick and stone Neo-Classical Revival mansion that once belonged to brewery magnate

I've used the online Assessor Books to locate my house - now what?

Cabinets holding microfilm of deed book volumes
Drawers with labels indicating the range of book microfilms in that drawer.
Film boxes with volume numbers on them
Cabinet with microfiche indexes for locating page number
One of the microfiche cards with indexes for locating page numbers
Microfilm viewer/printer

I've used the online Assessor Books to locate my house - now what? Head to the clerk and recorder office on the 1st floor of the Wellington Webb building.

Once you have obtained the book number from the Assessor books online from the digital collections part of the DPL's Western History/Genealogy Collection you want to see the actual deed for the det

Denver’s Albany Hotel (1885-1976)

Exterior of the Albany Hotel by William Henry Jackson, undated. WHJ-10343.
Albany Hotel menu cover showing the exterior of the hotel after Burnham Hoyt's renovations, 1946. WH1590
New Year's Day menu at the Albany Hotel, 1891. WH1590

A Denver Hotel Built On A Croquet Field, Demolished For An Office Building

In 1882, architect E. P.

In the Archives: Documentation of a 1929 Groundbreaking—Soil and All

Denver City and County Building
Envelope containing soil from the groundbreaking event
Mayor Benjamin Stapleton dumps a shovelful of dirt during the groundbreaking cer

Think archives only collect papers, photos, and films? Think again!

One collection found in DPL’s Western History and Genealogy Department has the dirt on Denver’s past.

A Denver House That Inspired A Horror Film

Residence at 1739 East 13th Avenue, between 1893 and 1910. Photo by Joseph Collier. C-117

In The Spirit of Halloween, Ghostly Tales from a Cheesman Park Residence

The 1980 film The Changeling is based on the paranormal events Russell Hunter experienced wh

Manuscript Mondays: Civic Center Park

Manuscript Mondays: Civic Center Park
On the War Trail
Manuscript Mondays: Civic Center Park
Manuscript Mondays: Civic Center Park
Manuscript Mondays: Civic Center Park
Manuscript Mondays: Civic Center Park

Rediscover Civic Center Park in the heart of downtown Denver.

While you’re enjoying the tasty food truck cuisine at Civic Center Eats this summer take

Manuscript Monday: The Bowman/White Family Papers

Bowman-White House, Georgetown

Welcome to 12 September 2011’s Manuscript Monday.  Today we are showcasing the Bowman/White Family Papers. 

The Bowman/White House in Georgetown, Colorado was built by John Henry Bowman and his wife Lavinia Potts Bowman in 1891-1892.

Lecture Series: 19th Century Images of the American West

Lecture Series: 19th Century Images of the American West

Come to the wonderful and free lectures series at the Denver Public Library!

This fascinating three-part series will explore the

Manuscript Monday: Denver's first house?

Manuscript Monday: Denver's first house?
Manuscript Monday: Denver's first house?
Manuscript Monday: Denver's first house?

There are conflicting accounts of who built the first “house” in Denver.  This week’s collection highlights Anselm Holcomb Barker, thought to have built the first permanent house in the city.  What do you think?

 

Anselm Holcomb Barker, born 1822, was an Ohio native.  Early in his life he was a blacksmith, and later became a businessman.