Denver's Historical Churches, Denver

Denver's Historical Churches (Self Guided), Denver

Denver, Colorado, is home to a variety of religious sites: churches, temples, and cathedrals of various confessions, each interesting in its own way. Guardians of Denver's spiritual heritage, these venerable institutions stand as tangible expressions of unwavering faith and community cohesion. Many of them date back to the 19th century and as such are rooted in the collective memory of the city, with their eternal narratives woven into their stone and mortar.

Trinity United Methodist Church, established in 1859, is one of the oldest congregations in Denver. The current Gothic Revival building was completed in 1887.

Central Presbyterian Church, founded in 1860, is another historic sanctuary of note. Its building, constructed in the Romanesque Revival style, dates back to 1892 and is known for its majestic red sandstone exterior and beautiful stained glass windows.

Bearing witness to the ebb and flow of Denver's transformative narrative, Saint Paul Lutheran Church, established in 1884, stands as an enduring testament to unwavering devotion and spiritual enlightenment. The church's resolute stone walls, erected in 1925, exhibit an impressive Gothic appearance.

Temple Emanuel, built in 1898, is the former home to the oldest synagogue in Denver. It showcases a unique Eastern-Islamic design.

The diverse architectural styles of Denver's ecclesiastical landmarks reflect the melting pot of influences that have shaped the city's cultural tapestry. Beyond their masonry grandeur, these places of worship are repositories of cherished traditions, drawing the faithful and the curious alike into their sanctified embrace. If you wish to experience all that and venture into the hallowed halls of Denver's historical churches, embark on this captivating self-guided journey.
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Denver's Historical Churches Map

Guide Name: Denver's Historical Churches
Guide Location: USA » Denver (See other walking tours in Denver)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles
Author: ChristineCu
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Trinity United Methodist Church
  • Central Presbyterian Church
  • Saint Paul Lutheran Church
  • Temple Emanuel
  • Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
Trinity United Methodist Church

1) Trinity United Methodist Church

The historic Trinity United Methodist Church of Denver is located near the center of city, about three city blocks north of Civic Center Park. The church was built in 1887 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.

Architect Robert S. Roeschlaub designed the church in a Modern Gothic style. Roeschlaub combined Gothic, Rococo and Arts and Crafts styles to create this Modern Gothic look. The exterior of the church is fashioned from Castle Rock rhyolite, including the church's 183 foot tall steeple. The steeple was considered a marvel of its time as it was one of country's tallest towers that was made entirely of stone.

Visitors are welcome at church during Sunday services, though the beauty of the structure can be viewed at any point when walking by. Located on North Broadway, Trinity United Methodist offers a close and easy walk from The Brown Palace Hotel.
Central Presbyterian Church

2) Central Presbyterian Church

Central Presbyterian Church is a historic church in downtown Denver. It was built in 1891-92 and designed by well known architect Frank E. Edbrooke in the Richardsonian Romanesque style. The building has been considered one of the three best buildings designed by Edbrooke, and was designed late in his career. To help construct the church, the city's gamblers and saloon keepers were charged money. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

The building is huge, it is a nearly perfect square and is basically a four-tower type with crossing gables of equal height and length. The feeling of massiveness is derived from its great size and large windows and from the use of Colorado sandstone laid in horizontal bands. The walls are sheer and relatively unadorned, rising with a thin and expansive grace. The thin stretched quality is almost exaggerated in the tower where there are long, thin lantern openings topped by ogee arches.
Saint Paul Lutheran Church

3) Saint Paul Lutheran Church

The Saint Paul Lutheran Community of Faith, formerly known as St Paul's English Evangelical Lutheran Church, has a long history of community involvement. The church has been serving as a spiritual and cultural center for its congregation since 1884.

The current corner building, constructed in 1925, exhibits an impressive Gothic Revival style, featuring intricate stonework, a towering belfry, and beautiful stained glass windows. In 1997, the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Apart from its striking appearance, the church is famous for the ritual of Taize, which consists of music, meditation, and prayer fusion. The resolute stone walls of this temple create an effect, whereby the ethereal melodies from the organ's pipes resonate with the fervent prayers of worshipers, fostering a sense of divine connection that transcends the boundaries of time.
Temple Emanuel

4) Temple Emanuel

The Temple Emanuel (translated from Hebrew as “God is with us”) is the former home to Denver's oldest Jewish congregation, established in 1874.

The current building on Pearl Street was the congregation's third synagogue and was constructed in 1898–1899 to a design by John J Humphreys. It was then further expanded in 1924 by Thielman Robert Wieger.

Temple Emanuel is the only synagogue in Denver and Colorado designed in the Eastern-Islamic style. The use of this style for synagogues was brought to America by German Jews. When the Temple was built, the congregation was largely made up of German and American Jews.

As "Temple Emanuel", the building was designated a Denver Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.

As of 2013, the property has been housing the Denver Community Church.
Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception

5) Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception

The Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception is the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Denver of the Roman Catholic Church. Construction of the cathedral started in 1902 and was completed in 1911.

On August 13 and 14, 1993 (for World Youth Day), Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass at the cathedral, one of only a few cathedrals in the United States so honored.

Architect Leon Coquard of Detroit designed the cathedral in the French Gothic style. Its character is influenced by the 13th-century Saint Nicholas Collegiate church (collégiale Saint-Nicolas) of Munster, Moselle, France, which is the birthplace of Bishop Nicholas Chrysostom Matz, who supervised cathedral construction.

The building is in the shape of a Latin cross measuring 195 by 116 feet (59 by 35 m) with the nave rising to 68 feet (21 m). The main façade houses three entrances and is framed by two 210-foot (64 m) spires. The structure is constructed of Indiana limestone and granite from Gunnison, Colorado. The altar, statuary, and bishop's chair are all made of Carrara marble, while other elements feature Yule marble stone from Marble, Colorado. The 75 stained glass windows are from the Royal Bavarian Art Institute in Munich founded by Franz Xaver Zettler.

On August 7, 1912, lightning struck the west tower causing damage to the upper 25 feet (7.6 m); however, this was repaired before the opening. In June 1997, lightning struck a second time, but this time damaged the east tower. The parish completed work to restore the tower within eight months.

This beautiful cathedral is only steps away from the state Capitol. Its stain glass is breathtaking and the marbles are exceptional.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.

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