Washington Park Neighborhood

Washington Park is the prime attraction in the neighborhood bearing its name, a lush retreat that is well-appreciated by both people who live close by and people coming from far away. Reinhard Schuetze laid out this scenic park in the grand Victorian manner in 1889. It features two beautiful lakes; the largest meadow in the Denver park system; a remnant of the City Ditch (which was essential to the watering and hence the development of the park); a forested hill graded by the Olmsted Brothers and planted by DeBoer; romantic deciduous tree plantings; the largest formal summer flower beds in the Denver park and parkway system; and important architectural embellishments such as the 1913 Boat House on Smith Lake.


The information in this exhibit is pulled primarily from a Historic Denver Guide, Washington Park Neighborhood. Historic Denver, Inc. has published a number of guides for the various historic districts and building styles in Denver. These guides can be purchased at Historic Denver. The guide for Washington Park includes much more information and tours of the area. More information is available on the Historic Denver and Denver Public Library's Western History website.

Search our database for images of Washington Park, or explore books and manuscripts using the bibliography link below.

Washington Park Neighborhood Resources at the Denver Public Library