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Home Tours Explore Park Hill/ Historic Humboldt Island | Print |  E-mail

by Amy Allen

There can be no better way to celebrate the first day of fall than to slip on some walking shoes or hop on your bike and head to the tree-lined streets of Park Hill, for the 35th annual Park Hill Home Tour & Street Fair, Sun., Sept. 22, 10a.m.-5p.m.


THE 34TH ANNUAL DORA MOORE HOME TOUR VISITS HISTORIC HUMBOLDT ISLAND, Sun., Oct. 6, 11a.m.-5p.m., to benefit Dora Moore (E-8) School. The six tour homes combine stunning turn-of-the-20th-century architecture with modern-era renovations, displaying the best of both worlds. This 9-bedroom, 7-bath Georgian Revival beauty at 1070 Humboldt St. is a tour highlight.

The street high jinks will kick things off at 10a.m., with the tour beginning an hour later at 11a.m.

The 2013 Park Hill Home Tour features a half dozen beautifully diverse residences.  Among the highlights tourgoers will view include historic homes designed by some of Denver’s great early architects; a turn of the (last) century Denver Square restored to pristine elegance; a pop-top so seamless it defies the term; a large Tudor that embraces its new kitchen and family room so completely it feels original; a modest Tudor with such a creative floor plan and kitchen renovation you’ll go home and begin knocking down walls.

This year’s Street Fair, which will be held on Forest Pkwy. between 19th Ave. and Montview Blvd., is the largest yet. A wide range of vendors includes artists and authors, bakers and builders, counselors and colorists, dancers and dentists, fairies (gardens, that is) and flooring, hardware and herbals (oils, that is), illustrators and jewelers, and knitters and masons and nurses and orthodontists and painters and plasterers and raptors and schools and t-shirts and vets and windows ... and more. Enter a bid for something wonderful at the silent auction, enjoy live music from local musicians, maintain your energy with a snack from the international food court and keep your cool with a frosty beverage from the wine and beer garden.

Tickets cost: $15/adult in advance or $20 on event day; $10/senior (65+); and $5/child. Day of event tickets will be sold at entrances to the Street Fair, but will not be available at tour homes. All proceeds from the Home Tour & Street Fair help support the work of Greater Park Hill Community Inc., including the food pantry, family bike rides, Fourth of July parade, the Garden Walk, Evening of the Arts and other programs and community building events.

Tickets may be purchased online at greaterparkhill.org; or at Park Hill library, 4705 Montview Blvd.; Park Hill Community Book Store, 4620 E. 23rd Ave.; Greater Park Hill Community, 2823 Fairfax St.; and at King Soopers stores throughout the Front Range. Info, call 303-388-0918 or visit greaterparkhill.org.

The fall colors should be starting to blaze here in Denver when the Dora Moore Home Tour takes visitors on a voyage to historic Humboldt Island, Sun., Oct. 6, 11a.m.-5p.m.

The 34th annual tour visits six homes in the 1000 and 1100 blocks of Humboldt St., as well as Dora Moore (E-8) School (846 Corona St.) itself. Humboldt Island has earned a spot as a National Register Historic District and was the first residential area to be designated a historic district by the Denver Landmark Preservation Commission. The 26 homes in the tiny district represent some of the finest craftsmanship done in Denver around the turn of the 20th century.

The 2013 featured homes are historic in the truest sense of the word. Presidents Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft both addressed the nation from 1075 Humboldt, which was also home to Governor William Sweet from 1922-24. Sweet failed to win a second term after refusing to support the powerful Ku Klux Klan. The home is considered a prime example of Georgian Revival architecture.

Another Georgian Revival stunner at 1070 Humboldt St. features nine bedrooms and seven fireplaces. With intricate parquet floors (a different pattern in every room), extensive paneling in a variety of hardwoods, and elaborately detailed plaster crown mouldings, the home reflects the highest level of craftsmanship.

Each of the other homes tour-goers will visit will similarly display the charm of the past along with comforts of present-day living.

Tour tickets cost $15 in advance and $20 on tour day. Proceeds will benefit programs at Dora Moore School, including adding paraprofessional support in the classrooms as well as other educational support for teachers and staff, and will help pay for supplemental reading materials and after school enrichment programs.

Tickets may be purchased at King Soopers, 9th Ave. and Corona St. or at doramoore.org. Info: 720-424-5300.

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