Denvers Historic Homes | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library http://coloradowest.staging.auraria.edu/book-review/denvers-historic-homes[12/7/2015 3:42:30 PM] Home Denvers Historic HomesDenvers Historic HomesSubmitted by nwharton on 1-19-2014 05:20 PMAuthor: Amy Zimmer Publishing: Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2013. 127 pages. Black-andwhite photographs, bibliography. 6 x 9. $21.99 paperback. Reviewer: Annie Robb Levinsky Reviewer Affiliation: Historic Denver Inc. Amy Zimmers book, Denvers Historic Homes is a step back in timean opportunity to see Denver as it was a century ago. Reading the book, I felt as though I was perusing the archives at the Denver Public Librarywith Zimmers great knowledge of local history narrating the journey. She has collected photographs from the library, but also many from private collections that have rarely been seen, and through detailed captions she captures the quirky stories behind many of Denvers iconic homes and draws the connections between Denvers founding families. The book covers a wide geographic scope as it explores not only the mansions of Denvers elite but also the more modest, but well-crafted and often elegant, bungalows and Denver Squares that continue to define our urban neighborhoods. Homes from central Denver, east Denver, and north Denver are included, with a sprinkling of homes in south Denver also featured. An especially nice addition are the Country Homes located outside the city limits, as these have generally been less accessible and so less known even by locals. Architectural styles are clearly defined, and Zimmer provides examples from a wide variety of styles that demonstrate the eclectic nature of this instant city. For those of us involved in historic preservation, Zimmer does an excellent job combining images of homes lost long ago with those that remain today. Seeing the photographs of the residential structures that once lined Colfax Avenue, or the lonely staircase that remains on the site of a now-demolished mansion, reminds us of the magnificent energy of the citys early decades, but also of the lost opportunities as we lament the buildings we will never see or visit. It certainly whets the appetite for diving deeper into the evolution of Denvers built environment. This book is a great introduction to Denver history and an enjoyable read for all those who wonder how the city has changed over time. Reviewer Info: Annie Robb Levinsky is executive director of Historic Denver, Inc., a position she has held since 2009. Prior that, she worked for six years at Historic Denvers Molly Brown House Museum in Capitol Hill, several as director. Levinsky spent one year as graduate fellow at the Boettcher Foundation, gaining a strong foundation in the philanthropic sector. She graduated summa cum laude from Colorado College with a 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 AmericanWhile on the Dominguez-Escalante expedition in 1776, Bernardo de Miera y Pacheco drew the first map of Colorado.
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