Denvers City Park and Whittier Neighborhoods | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library http://coloradowest.staging.auraria.edu/book-review/denvers-city-park-and-whittier-neighborhoods[12/8/2015 12:34:21 PM] Home Denvers City Park and Whittier NeighborhoodsDenvers City Park and Whittier NeighborhoodsSubmitted by jainlayconley on 12-20-2010 02:35 PMAuthor: Shawn Snow Publishing: Arcadia Publishing, 2009. 127 pages. Black and white photos, drawings, maps, bibliography. 6-1/2 x 9-1/4. $21.99 paperback. Reviewer: Savannah Jameson Denvers City Park and Whittier Neighborhoods is not just the story of two of Denvers distinguished neighborhoods but the story of our relationshipsour relationships with each other and with our neighborhood. Tucked along the edge of downtown Denver, the Whittier and City Park neighborhoods rest in quiet grandeur. Once expressing a rich and adventurous life, the neighborhoods slowly went silent as people moved away during the mid-twentieth century. In the past few years a combination of dedicated residents and new homeowners moving into the area brought the neighborhoods back to life. Though they have grown in popularity, the architecture and streets still continue to hint of another time, a time when these two areas were vibrant streetcar suburbs. Author Shawn Snow gives Whittier and City Park a voice richly telling their story. The book is superbly organized. Snow begins with the larger picture of the development of the city of Denver and the relationship this development had on the growth of the Whittier and City Park neighborhoods. Next he brings the reader in closer, sharing stories of Whittier residents whose lives many readers are familiar with, including Buffalo Bill Cody and distinguished Denver painter Allen Tupper True, as well as former residents who should be more well known, such as Earl Mann, a black five-term legislator first elected in 1942, and many families whose descendants now live in Denvers current suburbs. Snow surveys both the social and architectural history of the neighborhoods. His photographic selections address everyday life, including work, religious institutions, schools, and recreation. Because some of Denvers earliest and most significant recreation and cultural sites are in these neighborhoods, there are historic images of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, namesake City Park, and the zoo. Instead of loading the book down with facts, Snow weaves the images together with intimate and personal stories, connecting the reader to the neighborhood. One of the jewels of the book is Snows personal family story his grandmother was raised in Whittier. The author has a writing style that is unique and refreshing, and the book reads as if one is having a joyful conversation over a cup of afternoon tea. Snows dedicated research testifies to his passion for these neighborhoods and his background as a historian. In addition to scouring the collections of the Colorado Historical Society and the Denver Public Library, he reached out to residents for stories and photographs. This effort means readers will see photos and read anecdotes that are new to them. This book is highly recommended. Though short, part of the Arcadia Publishing series meant to be concise, it provides new depth and understanding to those who already intimately familiar with the Whittier and City EXPLORE BY MEDIABook Reviews Photographs Video Biographies New Publications Resource Guides County Newspaper HistoriesEXPLORE BY TOPICLand & Natural Resources Government & Law Agriculture Mining Commerce & Industry Transportation People & Places Communication Healthcare & Medicine Education & Libraries Cultural Communities Recreation & Entertainment Tourism ReligionEXPLORE BY CULTUREHispanic Native AmericanWithin Colorado boundaries are lands once claimed by Spanish kings and Mexican governors.
Denvers City Park and Whittier Neighborhoods | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library http://coloradowest.staging.auraria.edu/book-review/denvers-city-park-and-whittier-neighborhoods[12/8/2015 12:34:21 PM] Auraria Library 303-556-4587 1100 Lawrence Street Denver, Colorado 80204 In the News Partners & Donations About Us Contact Us Park neighborhoods. Those who are just now learning about these intriguing neighborhoods that once sat on the edge of the city will get a thorough introduction. Reviewer Info: Savannah Jameson is a preservation planner for the City and County of Denver. Add new comment