DENVER - Take what's old and make it new. We're seeing that in local historic neighborhoods that are trying to preserve the past. But what happens to a neighborhood when a fire takes away part of its long-rooted past?
The face of Tennyson Street, in Denver's busy Berkley neighborhood, is changing. There are big high rises and a lot of restaurants.
"I don't see them putting in anything else other than restaurants or pizza parlor," Rude Archuletta says.
He isn't new to the block. His business, the Compass Glass Company, has been there since 1977, and Archuletta knows the other owners who have been around for a while.
"The guy from the Green Door and the Chuck from Chuck's Barber," he explains. "And then now with the fire at the Green Door, I mean it’s kind of like the lone soldier, you know what I’m saying?
Green Door Furniture caught fire Tuesday morning, but had been around since the 60s. It was known for merchandise that drew some attention from those passing by.
"It had lots of bicycle seats, and bicycle baskets, and bicycle horns," neighbor Teresa Jensen said. "Everybody who walked by here went, 'That's kind of an interesting place.'"
Denver Fire isn't sure yet of what sparked the flames. No one was hurt when the fire broke out, while the antique shop was open for business.
For now, the fire has some in the area thinking about what's in store for the long-time property, and its owners.
"They're up in age. I mean most people, when they're up in age, kind of don't rebuild to…but we will just have to wait and see," Archuleta said.
It's a wait-and-see, for all those on a street facing change, who are concerned.
"it's real interesting that it burned down because it didn't fit into the neighborhood anymore," neighbor Teresa Jensen said. "Just as long as its not another apartment building."
The changing face of Tennyson Street in Denver's busy Berkley neighborhood…
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