La Alma Lincoln Park in final steps to become Denver’s second historic cultural district
The effort to make La Alma Lincoln Park Denver's second historic cultural district has two more hurdles to clear -- a public hearing on Tuesday and a Denver City Council vote in August.
The effort to make La Alma Lincoln Park Denver’s second historic cultural district has two more hurdles to clear — a public hearing on Tuesday and a Denver City Council vote in August.
If approved, the La Alma Lincoln Park historic cultural district will be the first in Denver and among the first nationally to honor the Chicano movement specifically.
The La Alma Lincoln Park neighborhood is near the city’s heart and home to more than 150 years of history and architecture.
“The La Alma Lincoln Park Historic Cultural District is important to the story of Denver’s development, from the earliest documented history, through the 20th Century,” the application to the city’s Landmark Preservation Commission reads. “A neighborhood built around key industries including the railroad, flour mill, and other manufacturing industries, it not only helped solidify Denver as a significant Western town, but it also drew people to build and live nearby. The area has been home to working people for over 130 years.”
The neighborhood, which is part of the Westside, was home to many native groups. The arrival of the railroad in the 1870s rapidly developed the area into one of Denver’s earliest residential neighborhoods. Over the next 50 years, many immigrants became residents and were within walking distance of nearby industries. New waves of immigration led to a large population of Latinos, Hispanos, and Mexican American residents by the mid-20th century. Many residents of the Westside became influential Chicano Movement leaders such as Richard Castro
Historic Denver has helped push this effort which has been in the works for four years and has to pass a City Council vote on Aug. 2.
The hearing, hosted by the Landmark Preservation Commission, will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday and can be followed on Zoom.