Sunnyside/Chaffee Park Neighborhoods

Just north of Denver’s Potter Highlands sits the community of Sunnyside. The original seed of the neighborhood was founded in 1872 and comprised a mere three square blocks between 38th and 41st Avenues and Pecos to Tejon. The current boundaries include the area from 38th to Interstate I-70 and Inca to Federal. Much of what would become the northwest portion of Sunnyside was made up of small farms and orchards.

To the northeast was the company town of Argo. Argo was largely settled by Swedish workers of the Argo smelter and those employed by the Denver, Northwestern & Pacific Railway, also known as the Moffat road.

In the 1940s, much of northern Sunnyside could have easily been mistaken for a military barracks. The Department of Defense constructed villages of Quonset huts to provide additional housing for war workers and returning veterans. This post-war period saw an explosion of modern frame homes backfill the more sparsely-distributed housing in Sunnyside and the quick development of the Chaffee Park community to its north.