Old Colorado City is a national historic district in the city of Colorado Springs. It’s boundaries are U.S Highway 24 to the South, 32nd Street to the West, 13th street to the East and Uintah Street to the North. Old Colorado City was founded in 1859 when the Colorado Town Company laid claim to the two-square miles of land. They envisioned Colorado City would be a major supplier of gold because the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush had recently been made.
Now, Old Colorado City has a shopping district featuring dozens of independently owned art galleries, boutiques, restaurants and special attractions. This artsy strip is also home of the Michael Garman Museum and Gallery.
The Denver Country Club is located just west of the fashionable Cherry Creek shopping center and neighborhood. This area extends from Speer Boulevard north to 6th Avenue and from Downing Street east to Oak Street. The heard of the Country Club area is Country Club Place. It is a subdivision between Franklin and Race Streets. It was designed by William and Arthur Fisher who worked with prominent Boston architect, Frederic Law Olmsted Jr. in 1909.
Only 380 homes comprise this magnificent neighborhood, which is still inhabited by many of Denver’s most social and politically elite. The large sprawling lots, historic homes, and proximity to both the actual Denver Country Club and the Cherry Creek fashion mall make this area one of the most exclusive areas in Denver. Wide, tree lined streets add to the elegant atmosphere.
Named after the schools in the area, Corey-Merrill was once part of the Town of South Denver (which had boundaries along the South Platte River, Alameda Avenue, Colorado Boulevard and Yale Avenue). It was founded in 1858 to be a dry town because its citizens didn’t like the saloons that had taken over Denver. The Town of South Denver included polo grounds south of Cherry Creek, the University of Denver and the Seminary which was surrounded by land that later became the Bonnie Brae, Belcaro and Cory-Merrill neighborhoods.
Today, the Cory-Merrill neighborhood is changing rapidly. Smaller homes built in the 1930s and after have been scraped, and large homes and multifamily duplexes have been built while maintaining some of the architectural integrity of the neighborhood. The five-year rebuild of Interstate-25 has finished, giving the neighborhood light rail service. Cory-Merrill’s central location between downtown and the Tech Center and the strength of it’s schools have made this a very desirable location.