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Old February 5th, 2008, 10:31 PM   #1
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Denver -- Englewood Mid-Century Modern

I went down to Englewood last month (Jan. 14, 2008) and took some pics. Started off in Arapahoe Acres and then headed over to Broadway and a fairly new transit oriented development. The pics of Broadway and the TOD are after the Arapahoe Acres shots. Not a lot of pedestrian activity in the commercial areas since, once again, I shot these photos on a Sunday morning.

Arapahoe Acres ( http://www.arapahoeacres.org/ ) consists of mid-century modern architecture and was built between 1949 - 1957. It is a small neighborhood in Englewood ( http://www.englewoodgov.org/ ) which is the first suburb to the south of Denver (about 5 or 6 miles from Downtown Denver).

Englewood was incorporated in 1903 and currently has a population of a little over 30,000.





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Some traditional housing near Arapahoe Acres
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Some shots along and just off Broadway
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Couple shots of housing a block off Broadway
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About 3 Blocks West of Broadway is a fairly new Transit Oriented Development near the Englewood Light Rail Station. It replaced the old Cinderella City Mall.
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Couple of shots of Downtown Denver from Broadway in Englewood
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95 OK so my battery is almost dead and I figure I'll go and grab a couple more typical housing shots just off Broadway -- instead it is my good fortune to happen upon Zack and Morgan:


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They were cool -- just like I was back in the day
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Old February 8th, 2008, 06:37 PM   #2
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Some good looking suburb in your first pics. The rest is more traditional, or less original, depends.

Nice effort about the streetsigns too.
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Old February 8th, 2008, 09:37 PM   #3
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What a fantastic thread. That split-egg building is wonderful. Denver is quite urban for that part of the country. Makes me wonder why Phoenix is the way it is.

Mid-century modern looks good in Colorado. The downtown looks like early classsic 1900's midwestern. Too bad the downtown isnt mid-century modern. After all why would it be? This is the golden age of the auto. Denver is something of a hybrid between Chicago and Seattle. The midwest architectural styles were the format for much of the west.

I don't know why but for some reason snow covered mountains depress me. I am a weirdo.
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Old February 9th, 2008, 05:15 AM   #4
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juanico / philadweller -- thanks for the comments guys.

I'm not much of a suburban person myself, but I do like the mid-century modern architecture... it's too bad that it never really became very popular. One thing that I do like about Denver is the huge rail transit expansion that is taking place.

Lots of people here in Denver enjoy the mountains, but then again I think there are many people that really don't care and wish Denver was closer to an ocean. I think it is a good thing that people are different and enjoy different types of environments... to each his own.
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Old February 9th, 2008, 08:42 AM   #5
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You're an amazing photographer!
I can't get over how beautiful those mountains are.


P.S., not to sound demanding, but could you take some more photos of Downtown Denver? I might move to the Denver area and I want to see a glimpse of downtown. I heard it's huge!
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Old February 9th, 2008, 10:08 PM   #6
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Those mid-century modern (avant-garde?) houses are awesome! I am a huge fan of modern style myself, but unfortunately, where I live there is none of it.
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Old February 10th, 2008, 01:30 AM   #7
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P.S., not to sound demanding, but could you take some more photos of Downtown Denver? I might move to the Denver area and I want to see a glimpse of downtown. I heard it's huge!

There are some downtown photos in this thread I just put up:

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=580746

You could also do a google search for photos by DenverAztec. He takes some amazing photos. Denver's downtown isn't really huge, but it isn't small either. Lots of infill going on in and near downtown.
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Old February 10th, 2008, 03:38 AM   #8
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those mid century houses are , i wish there was more of 'em around though, as generally that period of history with regards to architecture and the like, isnt held as fondly as other periods

great pics
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Old February 12th, 2008, 05:17 AM   #9
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wow talk about ugly.
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Old February 12th, 2008, 07:47 AM   #10
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Very nice pics. I love seeing something outside of Downtown Denver. You get a nice residential feeling looking at these. Great work.
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Old February 14th, 2008, 07:42 AM   #11
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Todos esos cantones se ven aca bien sesenteros.
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Old March 10th, 2008, 06:24 PM   #12
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Was Denver modeled after Chicago?
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