modern history

history of modernism in Denver

Colorado Provides an Ideal Setting for Modern Architecture. Our Sun-Drenched Climate, Big Sky and Wide Open Spaces are Conducive to Large Windows and Indoor-Outdoor Living.

Many of Denver's Modern Homes have their Roots in the Work of Frank Lloyd Wright and California Architects/Builders like Joseph Eichler and Cliff May - Hence the Term "California Contemporary".

Local and National Mid-Century Architects have had much Influence over the Denver Metro, Boulder and Surrounding Suburbs. Creating Small Neighborhoods, Custom Homes and Unique Iconic Mid-Century Gems that Still Remain Today.



With the Help of Developers in the Mid 50's like Edward Hawkins and Brad Wolff, many Homes and Neighborhoods were Fashioned after Mid-Century Modern Principles.

The Most Documented Example of Modernist Residential Architecture in Denver is Arapahoe Acres, a Remarkable Neighborhood in Englewood Developed by Edward Hawkins. Here, Hawkins Partnered with Architects Sternberg and Dion Between 1949 and 1957 to Build 124 Modernist Homes. The General Contractor for Arapahoe Acres, Clyde Mannon Later Developed Another Similar Neighborhood in Littleton Called Arapahoe Hills with Architect Bruce Sutherland.

Numerous Modern Style Homes are Scattered in Pockets Across Denver Neighborhoods Including Montclair, Mayfair, Hilltop, Virginia Village, Bonnie Brae, Cherry Creek and Harvey Park. Boulder and Evergreen also Boast Several Custom Mid-Century Modern Builds as well as Suburban Communities such as Westminster, Littleton, Lakewood, Green Mountain, Wheat Ridge, Arvada and Golden.

Flash Forward to 2011 and we are Experiencing a New Generation of Modern Architects and Builders. Denver is Smashing into Modern Design with Favor to Open Floor Plan, Indoor/Outdoor Living and Greener Technologies and Design. McMansions and HuMungo Houses are Loosing Interest as Empty Nesters are Grasping the Concept of "less is more" and Simpler Living.

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