Larimer Square, Denver (must see)
The buildings are now filled with restaurants, shopping and nightlife. Many of the buildings originally had very different purposes. Tourists can explore the current-day interiors and exteriors while thinking of days gone by.
The Miller Building was once a popular saloon that was frequented by lawmakers and politicians. The Congdon Building held Denver's first theatre and first City Hall. The Frontenac Building was a barbershop and speakeasy during Prohibition. The Graham Building was once a lending library and pharmacy. Different from the others, the Graham Building is not an original but a recreation.
Larimer Square is close to the 16th Street Mall. Indeed, it is close enough that both could easily be visited on the same walking tour. Visitors will find more dining establishments and retail shops at Larimer Square, but they will also find special events that are unique to that area. Look for block parties that regularly occur and live music that can be found almost every night of the week.
The square is conveniently located near a number of performing arts venues. Those who want to take in a show may want to plan a visit to Larimer Square early in the evening so that they can then head to the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the Buell Theatre or the Garner Galleria Theatre, among others.
Why You Should Visit
History buffs should not let a visit to Denver pass by without seeing this first settled area. It may not be as solitary as it was in 1858, but it still holds the charm of California's gold rush.
Tourists should take their time when exploring Larimer Square. There are treasures to be found around every corner.
This sight is featured in a self-guided walking tour of Denver, Colorado within the mobile app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" which can be downloaded from iTunes App Store or Google Play. Please download the app to your mobile phone or tablet for travel directions for visiting this sight. The app turns your mobile device to a personal tour guide and it works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.
Larimer Square on Map
Walking Tours in Denver, Colorado
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