CONGRESS PARK,is as rich in it’s history as it is in stately homes. Mixed with historic architecture including; Victorians, Bungalows and Denver Squares, it also has newer condos and apartments.The neighborhood provides an urban culture to an eclectic population that enjoys mature trees and landscape, endless gardens, a community pool and park. Congress park is close in proximity to Cherry Creek Mall, Downtown and Colfax. Surrounded by endless shops, theaters, restaurants, and Denver’s tourists attractions, it’s residents can enjoy all within walking distance. The iconic Tattered Cover bookstore lies in the midst of the Colfax Avenue shopping retail district along the north end of this highly sought after Denver neighborhood.
Just over two miles southeast of Denver, it is bound by York Street to the West, Colfax to the North, to the East by Colorado Blvd. and South by Sixth Ave. Congress Park, central to the neighborhood, contains eight tennis courts, several athletic fields, a children’s playground, a picnic pavilion, and one of Denver’s public outdoor swimming pools.
The area was originally known as Cemetery Hill; named after the City Cemetery located in the area. The area bounded by York, Colorado, 6th and 17th was generally referred to as Capitol Heights because of its proximity to Capitol Hill’s 5,400 foot high point, “Cemetery Hill.” In 1887, the city of Denver constructed a reservoir on land previously designated as part of the cemetery but never used as such, and by 1890 the cemetery had become a deterrent to growth in the eastern Capitol Hill neighborhood; so much so that Colorado Senator Henry Teller put forth a bill requesting the land be redesigned to a park. The graves were relocated and Congress Park was born.
CONGRESS PARK OUTDOOR POOL Opening Day: Saturday, June 8th Closing Day: Sunday, August 18th
DENVER BOTANIC GARDENS (1007 York St.) Summer concerts, Light Festivals, & Art Shows are just a few special engagements enjoyed throughout the year.
KIRKLAND MUSEUM OF FINE AND DECORATIVE ART (1311 Pearl)
MOLLY BROWN HOUSE (1340 Pennsylvania St.) home to the famed Titanic passenger
COLORADO STATE CAPITOL (200 E. Colfax St.)
Cathedral of Immaculate Conception (1530 Logan St.) Pope John Paul II conducted a mass there during World Youth Day, 1993.
Capital Height Presbyterian Church and Capitol Heights Pharmacy share in the name that once referenced the neighborhood.