Cheesman Park, an original point of view
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Chessman Park is roughly mapped out by utilizing Downing Street to its West, York Street to the East, Colfax to the North, and finally 8th Avenue on its Southern Border. It was not always that “beautiful neighborhood by the park”. Back in the late 19th century the area was better known as Prospect Hill Cemetery. The cemetery was broken up into specific designations for various religious sects, ethnicities, all organized with segregation in mind. Roman Catholics, Society of Masons, Jewish and an area at the south end for Chinese. Some groups were better funded to keep the grounds and other areas fell into disrepair and ruins unfortunately.
It was not until after long and hard negotiations, deliberations, and strong lobby from Real Estate developers that the city planners finally approved to convert the cemetery on January 25th, 1890. It is now the beautiful park you see today. The transition was not an easy one, nor was it as organized and respectful as it should have been. Families were given 90 days to remove the bodies of their deceased loved ones and re-locate them. As you can imagine the conundrum families were in. With finding a suitable re-location, the amount of money involved to have their loved ones removed, sadly many bodies went unclaimed because people couldn’t afford it. In fact with over 5,000 bodies unclaimed, the city eventually contracted with undertaker E.P McGovern to provide a new coffin for each body and transfer them to the Riverside Cemetery at a cost of $1.90 each. This too became an issue as there were a shortage of caskets at the time and McGovern in an effort to save money and boost his own profits dismantled bodies and placed them into child size coffins. This created chaos and gave way to gravediggers stealing items from the grave sites. Mayor Rogers canceled the contract leading to the city Health Commissioner opening an investigation and finally another contract was awarded elsewhere to clean up the mess.
Beautiful Condos for sale near Cheesman Park
The park was originally going to be named after the U.S. Congress. However, due in large part to the generous donation from the family of Denver Pioneer Walter Cheesman, the funds were used to build the neoclassical pavilion that stands on the eastern side of the park to this day and the park was aptly named Cheesman Park.
The park has gone through many transformations from its original design in 1910. High Street used to run through the park which has now been removed and now grass and trees have been planted. The park used to also have a figure 8 of roads through it, which have also been removed and grass-filled in. The parking structure for the Denver Botanic Gardens have been added. Today Cheesman Park is a host of many events including an annual PrideFest and Aids Walk for the LGBTQ community.
The neighborhood surrounding the Cheesman Park community is one of the oldest in Denver, dating back to 1868 and was annexed by the City of Denver in 1883. By 1915 with the completion of the park came huge revenues for real estate development. Beautiful Mansions were erected. Many consider Cheesman Park part of the neighboring Capitol Hill community.
There is a mix of Cheesman Park condos for sale and yes many Historic homes for sale in Cheesman Park available. Architectural styles are varied from the late 19th century through early 20th century. Classical Revival, Mission/Spanish Revival can be found throughout the area.
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There are plenty to see and do in the surrounding areas. The close proximity to downtown and all that Denver has to offer in this urban setting make it a very sought after community. As of this article being published there are 11 Cheesman Park Homes for sale. Everything from a one bedroom condo listed at 238,000 on Humboldt St. to a single family home also on Humboldt St with 6 bedrooms, 5 full baths nearly 7,000 est sq ft listed for 3,775,000. Search all homes currently available in the neighborhood by clicking here!
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