Lower Downtown Historic District
— Established 1988 —General William H. Larimer, Jr., founder of Denver City which was established on November 22, 1858, named the city after the Governor of the Kansas Territory and the principal street after himself. Some of Denver's first cabins were located at the corner of 15th and Larimer Streets. Larimer Street gained prominence as Denver's main thoroughfare when it escaped the 1863 fire, which destroyed buildings along Market and Blake Streets. By the 1880's, Larimer Street has gained the reputation of being Denver's main shopping and entertainment area. The Vanderbilt's, Guggenheim's and Rothschild's dined and shopped in Larimer Street's fine establishments.
Larimer's once prominent buildings included City Hall at 14th and Larimer, the Tabor Block on 16th and Larimer and the Windsor Hotel at 18th and Larimer. It was at the Windsor where Horace Tabor, owner of the Leadville Matchless Mine, Lieutenant Governor of Colorado and U.S. Senator, courted Baby Doe creating a scandal by divorcing his wife and later marrying the younger women. Some of the Windsor's other famous and infamous guests included Bat Masterson, Buffalo Bill Cody, Calamity Jane, Soapy Smith, Jack Kerouac, David Moffat, Ulysses S. Grant and John L. Sullivan.
After the silver crash of 1893, Larimer Street and Lower Downtown fell into decline. Few buildings were constructed until the 1970's. The area became Denver's Skid Row until restoration began with the 1400 block of Larimer Street, now a National Historic District known as Larimer Square. Under Denver's Skyline Urban Renewal Project, new buildings were constructed along Larimer from 15th to 20th Streets including Writers Square and the Tabor Center.
|Placed By||Lower Downtown Historic District|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 1:36am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||13S E 500094 N 4399817|
|Decimal Degrees||39.74826667, -104.99890000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 44.896', W 104° 59.934'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 44' 53.76" N, 104° 59' 56.04" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Area Code(s)||303, 720|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1465 Larimer St, Denver CO 80202, US|
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