Capitol Hill Professional Review and Guide
"Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood offers a peek into the city’s earliest years and how the boom and bust cycles affected even just a few blocks, as castle-like mansions went up and then fell into disrepair when apartment buildings were built next door. Once homesteaded land beyond the muddy streets of downtown, this little slope was soon recognized for its views of the mountains and remove from the noise and chaos of city life. In 1868, Henry C. Brown (owner of the Brown Palace Hotel) donated his acreage for the capitol building—only to take it back and put grazing livestock on it when the construction did not begin as soon as he had wanted it to. A lawsuit secured the land rights, and the grand structure was completed in 1908. Meanwhile, many of the city’s wealthiest citizens had mansions built in the vicinity, only to have to sell them after the Silver Crash of 1893. J. J. Brown, husband of the “Unsinkable” Molly Brown (no relation to Henry C. Brown), moved into the neighborhood in 1894. (He made his fortune in gold and copper.) The couple made their mark on Capitol Hill and Denver with their wealth and charity, and on this walk you’ll see their former home as well as other institutions they funded. Today the Capitol Hill neighborhood is a hybrid of architectural elements with Art Deco apartments, beautifully restored historic homes and churches made from stone and brick, high-rise buildings, and other curiosities."