Baker houses the largest number of middle-class Queen Anne homes in Denver. It also includes a large number homes designed by famous Denver architects William Lang and Marshall Pugh.
The architectural history of the neighborhood is so significant it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district in 1985 and became a city historic district in 2011. Most of the houses were built between 1890 and 1906
And you can see quite a few of them during this year’s Baker Historic Home Tour taking place tomorrow! The tour goes from 11 am – 3 pm Tickets are $20 and Include entry into 9 buildings including several homes, a school, firehouse and church.
Completed in 1937, Fire Station 11 replaced an older station in the same area. It was designed in the art deco style by Charles Francis Pillsbury and is the only Art deco station in Denver. The station was designated as a historic landmark in 1996
Chief, the station’s Dalmatian in the 1970s, was well known in the neighborhood and even had his own doggy door. (Station dogs became prominent during the era of horse drawn wagons so they could help keep the horses from running away durin fires)
Station 11 is the 5 th busiest in the city and houses Denver’s only rescue truck.
The Mayan Theater is one of the most unique buildings in the city. Built in 1930 by architect Montana Falls over the Queen Theater which had been damaged by a fire in a pre-Columbian theme.
The building was saved from demolition in 1984 and fully restored in 1987. It’s recognized as a city landmark and currently shows independent films.
Blue Bonnet opened in the 1930s and was one of the first Denver restaurants to obtain a liquor license after prohibition. If you’re curious about the name, its is because it was originally an American Café started by a Texas couple (state flower)
It was changed to a Mexican café in the 1960s when Arlene and Philip Mobell took over. It is currently managed by the same family and is one of the oldest family owned and operated restaurants in the city.
First opened in 1998, Decade has been a neighborhood staple since. The eclectic shop has transformed with the neighborhood, once offering mostly vintage furniture to its current selection of gifts, home décor, clothing and knick-knacks.
It’s ability to stay relevant is what has allowed it to not only survive, but thrive in this constantly changing neighborhood.
This well-known toy store moved from Cherry Creek to Broadway earlier this year.Opened in 1983 at just 850 square feet, it quickly expanded into the iconic large castle-shaped building. The new location is even larger than the Cherry Creek one.
The owners were inspired by Lord of the Rings to create magical world to escape to. Today, they are known for huge costume collection and the hands-on to displays throughout the store.
Opened in 2009, Sweet Action Ice Cream has been one of the most popular South Broadway spots ever since. They use the best ingredients they can: milk and cream from local dairies and spices from Savory Spice Shop, and are 100 percent wind powered.
The shop has also been named one of the Best Ice Cream Spots in the US by Food and Wine Magazine. If you can’t decide between their daily changing variety of incredible sounding flavors, may we recommend the Stranahan’s Whiskey Brickle or Baklava
Opened in a former Big Lots, Punch Bowl Social was founded in Denver in December 2011. They now have locations in 5 other states and another Denver location in Stapleton’s old air control tower is supposed to open by the end of this year
The idea is to combine great food/drinks with a fun social experience. The menu is unique gastro-diner fare, drinks are local micro brews, cocktails and sharable punch bowls. They also offer bowling, darts, arcade games, ping pong, shuffle board, etc
It’s midnight. You’re awake and want to go somewhere, but not a bar. Maybe you have some work or studying to finish up. That’s where The Bardo Coffee House comes in. The locally-owned coffee shop is open until 12 am Sun - Thurs and 4 am Fri/Sat
And the late night hours are always busy. Don’t think this means you can’t stop in for an early morning drink: they also open at 6 am every day. They showcase a rotating selection of local artists’ work and are opening a new location in Wheat Ridge
Gary Lee’s Motor Club and Grub went through a lot to get where it is today. Originally it started as a carriage repair shop (for horse and carriages in the late 1800s), then transformed into automobile repair in the early 1900s.
It then sat vacant for about 15 years until it was transformed into the eatery and bar. They used many of the parts from its time as the auto repair shop in its final design: beer taps from exhaust pipes, pendant lights from Ford racing pistons, etc
Sadly, founder Gary Lee Bomar was severely injured in an accident last October. He died shortly after being medevacuated back to Denver. The community rallied around Bomar’s family and raised over $60,000 to pay for medical bills and the funeral
Opened in 2006 at a smaller location just down the street, Fancy Tiger specializes in craft supplies and classes. It has two sewing studios and a community space for classes and events as well as the massive shop.
Every Tuesday they offer Open Craft Night, where crafters can bring in works in progress and craft together, Classes in sewing, quilting, knitting, alterations, felting, etc. Experienced sewers can also use their wall of machines for just $7/hour
One of Baker’s newer residents, Moxie Eatery opened in June. The restaurant offers foodie-friendly breakfast sandwiches, salads, soups, sandwiches and more. And they recently added a new late-night option.
From 10 pm until 3 am on Fridays and Saturdays a taco window will serve up fresh barbacoa, carnitas, squash, chicken tinga and mushroom street tacos as well as bacon wrapped hot dogs.
Stranahan’s was founded by friends Jess Graber and George Stranahan in 2004. The pair met when Graber, a volunteer firefighter, was called out to a fire at Stranahan’s barn. It was Colorado’s first legal distillery since prohibition.
Stranahan’s distills a single malt whiskey, aged in charred oak barrels. The bottling process is done by volunteers picked randomly off a waiting list, currently estimated to be 20,000+ people long.
The Snowflake Series whiskey, finished in casks previously used by local wineries, is released twice a year and only available at the distillery. People will often camp outside overnight for the chance to buy a bottle.
Opened about a month ago, the Board Game Republic started on kickstarter. For $5 a person you can choose from their selection of 650+ board games and play! And no need to puzzle through the instructions: staff will teach you the rules
They also have Colorado beers, cocktails, sweets, paninis, salads and crepes for while you are there.