The Gold Triangle/Civic Center Park region is just south of Denver’s Central Business District, and between the Cherry Creek greenway. It’s still considered to be “downtown,” with its loose boundaries including Colfax Ave. (north), Broadway (east), and Speer Blvd. (south). As you might have guessed, the location of these streets creates the triangle that the neighborhood gets its name from. The Golden Triangle Neighborhood Association extends the boundaries one block east to Lincoln St. that incorporates most of the institutions sprinkled throughout Civic Center Park.
This neighborhood is rich in history and culture. It encompasses the popular Civic Center Park, Denver Art Museum, and Denver Public Library. Also in the area are the Molly Brown House, Byers-Evans House Museum, Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, Denver Firefighters Museum, Clyfford Still Museum, and the History Colorado Center (1). There is no shortage of learning opportunities in this community. In addition to these, the Golden Triangle neighborhood also houses the Colorado State Capitol building and the Denver City and County Building.
The Denver Art Museum is one of the largest art museums between Chicago and the west coast, housing upwards of 68,000 works falling under various art styles, time periods, and cultures. Much of its size comes from the 1971 addition of the North Building, a seven story, 210,000 square foot that allowed the museum’s vast collection of works to be housed under one roof. Designed by Italian architect Gio Ponti, the exterior of the museum contains more than a million reflective tiles, giving the building a grand front that is reminiscent of a castle. The museum itself has countless exhibits, including Asian Art, Modern and Contemporary Art, Indigenous Arts, a New World Collection, European and American Art, Textile Art, Western American Art, and other changing specialty exhibits that provide further intrigue.
There’s no better location in Denver, or possibly even Colorado, to host an event than Civic Center Park. With an astounding 25,000 beds of beautiful, blooming flowers each Summer, weddings, graduations, and receptions are frequently hosted at this prime location; further events include a St. Patricks Day Parade, a Cinco De Mayo festival, and a People’s Fair.
Continuous transformation has changed the landscape of the Golden Triangle since its origination in Denver in the early 1900’s. In 1993 the Golden Triangle Neighborhood Association was formed, and through the power of volunteers has coordinated many community events and parties. It also works on issues such as graffiti remediation, litter clean-up, pet waste solutions, and issues a semi-annual newsletter.
The area also offers a wide range of businesses. In addition to being the home of the local favorite Denver Westword, a free alternative weekly newspaper, the area is brimming with everything from coffee houses to fine art galleries. Check out the Dazzle Restaurant & Lounge for what is arguably the best jazz clubs in the state, and perk up at the Rooster & Moon Coffee Pub with their artisanal coffee and espresso, which complements their delicious food (2). If you’re looking for a close-knit community that doesn’t sacrifice the enjoyment of city living, the Golden Triangle neighborhood has much to offer.
Golden Triangle – Real Estate Snapshot
Modern condos and lofts are intertwined with bungalows and Victorians, making for eye pleasing streetscapes. Prices range from the $400,000′s to the multi-million range.