The Whittier Neighborhood is situated about two miles from downtown Denver. Its borders are York and Downing Streets, East and West, and Martin Luther King Blvd and 23rd Avenue, North and South.
This historic neighborhood is named for the elementary school located at Downing Street and 24th Avenue. The school’s name honored the nineteenth-century abolitionist poet, John Greenleaf Whittier. The legacy of John Greenleaf Whittier has lived on in the Whittier neighborhood as evidenced by the fact that the neighborhood has been racially integrated since the 1890’s, the Whittier name signifies the role the neighborhood has played in the history of segregation and integration in Denver.
The original developers of Whittier were among Denver’s earliest citizens and the Case Addition, filed in 1868, was the first subdivision platted in Whittier. The neighborhood was home to many of Denver’s finest craftsmen, who contributed to the architectural details of some of the community’s most beautiful homes. Most of the larger and more ornate residences are located on corner lots, which display their impressive details.
People love this neighborhood for it’s racial diversity and the combination of proximity to downtown, parks and a public golf course in addition to early twentieth century homes of craftsman and Victorian architecture. The “reasonable prices” are driving an influx of young professionals and their families to the Whittier neighborhood. Whittier also has a Light Rail station located at 30th and Downing.
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