Once the home of Denver’s wealthiest, capitol hill has remained an immensely popular and historically rich destination. It seamlessly blends classic with modern. It’s even been called one of the 10 most beautiful neighborhoods in the nation
Now home to a law office, the Crawford Hill Mansion began as the social center of Capitol Hill. Crawford Hill, son of the founder of Colorado’s smelting industry owned the home with his wife, Louise Bethel Sneed.
Louise had grown up in a wealthy family so knew the rules of high society and vowed to become Denver’s social leader. And she succeeded. For years, the mansion was host to extravagant events with distinguished guests.
The Molly Brown House was home to Margaret Brown (she actually never went by “Molly”) and her husband J.J. Brown, a miner she met in Leadville. Though they did not start out wealthy, J.J. discovered gold in 1893 and the Browns became millionaires
They moved to Denver and purchased the home on Pennsylvania in 1894. It had been built five years earlier for another family who lost their wealth in the silver crash and was forced to sell.
After Margaret’s death the home went through iterations as a boarding house, a home for wayward girls and was almost demolished before becoming the museum it is today. Almost 50,000 people visit it every year.
When automobiles began replacing the horse and carriage, public garages were built in areas like Capitol Hill. The wealthiest residents would store their cars at the Penn Garage.
One of the cars housed here was Margaret Brown’s Fritchle 100-mile Electric, one of the most expensive and elaborate cars of the time. The Penn Garage continued to operate as a car shop for more than 70 years, until it was turned into lofts and shops
Capitol hill isn’t just the location of our state capitol, it is also home to the Governor’s Residence at the Boettcher Mansion. It was built as a private home in 1908 but became available to the state’s Governor starting in 1960
The serving Governor may live there and/or use it to host official functions. It is also open for free guided tours.
Built in 1902, the Grant-Humphries Mansion was first home to James Benton Grant, the third governor of our state. Grant died in 1911, but his wife lived in the mansion for another six years until she sold the home to Albert E. Humphries in 1917
The Humphries family owned and lived in the mansion until 1976 at which time the Historical Society took control of the building and restored it. It’s is now open for weddings, receptions, meetings, and holiday parties.
George Elbert Burr, a famous etching artist, built this home in 1910 to be his residence and studio. Burr and his wife lived in the home until 1924 when it was sold to the Denver Woman’s Press Club
It was designated at a Denver landmark in 1968 and placed on the State Register of Historic Properties in 1995. That designation, along with a contract for restoration, is why the home sits in its original location – now surrounded by parking lots
In 1860, Father Kehler left Maryland and travelled here to establish an Episcopal church. He began running services in the mining camps. It would eventually be known as “Saint John’s Church in the Wilderness” because the nearest was 700 miles away
St. John’s first moved into a cathedral in 1881, but in 1903 that building was set on fire and burned down. Work began on the current building in 1909 and the first service was held here in 1911.
For over 50 years, Argonaut has been known as the premiere liquor store in Denver
And it’s also the largest: they stock over 15,000 different beers, wines and liquors in their 40,000 square foot store. They have even been named the Top Wine Store by Zagat for the last two years.
In 1978, Tony Rosacci opened an independent butcher shop and market in Centennial. Now, nearly 40 years later, there are four Tony’s Markets around the metro area featuring quality ingredients and homemade ready-to-eat specialties
And the capitol hill location has a few extras: an eat-in burger bar and a liquor license so you can sip on a happy hour wine as you shop. They also offer catering and host a local food company sampling event each August.
Although this Capitol Hill destination is a vegetarian restaurant, City O’ City attracts just as many meat-eaters. They are open from 7 am until 2 am every day and serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night snacks
During the summer months, much of their produce comes from their own micro-farm. They also host in-house gallery shows each month to help support local artists.
Dazzle is regularly mention as the best jazz club in Denver and even one of the made the World’s Top 100 Jazz Clubs list by Downbeat Magazine. The supper club has live music every day – sometimes several shows a day – along with full-service dinners
They also have a Friday Lunch Jazz Jam Session and an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet on Sundays
This popular breakfast and lunch spot focuses on Southern American cooking. Think beignets, fried okra, fried green tomatoes, grits, etc.
They first opened in Jefferson Park in 2012 and expanded to a second location in capitol hill in 2014. They also offer a variety of hand-crafted cocktails.
Black Eye opened their capitol hill location in 2015. Though still focused on quality espresso and single origin coffee, they also offer brunch from 8 am – 3 pm every day and a full bar.
It’s regularly been voted as one of the best coffee shops in Denver and even won awards for its decorations and food. In fact, the coffee shop was name one of the 15 hottest new restaurants in the U.S. by Zagat in January
Another breakfast restaurant in the neighborhoods, Jelly Café is a colorful ode to lazy Saturday mornings. The host desk has a TV looping ‘90s cartoons and the walls are lined with old school cereal boxes
They serve everything you’d expect: benedicts, egg scrambles, biscuits and gravy, alongside creative pancakes and French toast. And don’t forget to grab a homemade donut hole to bring home.
The Roostercat coffee company is a small-batch roaster that was established in Denver in 2011. They opened a coffee house in capitol hill a year later, in September 2012.
It’s generally busy with people visiting, relaxing or working in their cozy interior or out by the fire pit on the patio. They also display local art in the café and serve breakfast (all-day), snacks, lunch and waffle sandwiches.