Denver's Country Club Neighborhood - Grand and Elegant Enclave

Country Club

Country Club

Country Club is bordered by 8th Avenue to the North, Alameda Avenue to the South, University Boulevard to the East, and Downing Street to the West.

Country Club is home to vast canopies of 100-year-old American elms that spread magnificently over tiled rooftops and broad parkways. Occasionally referred to as “Denver’s Spanish Suburb,” it is also among the most scenic.

Stately Spanish gateways and lush gardens stand  at the entrances to this elegant community. Renowned for their refined Mediterranean designs, William and Arthur Fisher designed the  gates, parkways, and many of the area’s home.

During the late 1800s, the area was used for farms and sporting facilities. The Gentlemen’s Driving Association planted hundreds of trees near 4th Avenue and Corona. Notable members include Horace Tabor and Walter Cheesman. They association built a half-mile track, two-story clubhouse, and stables for sulky racing.

Brass bands and gala parties frequently filled the clubhouse. But as interest in racing waned, the Driving Association directors sold to a second group of sports-minded Denverites. Seeking a new venue, the members of the Overland Park (Golf) Club incorporated as the Denver Country Club. In 1901 the group acquired a 120-acre tract straddling Cherry Creek.

The first clubhouse opened on New Years Day 1905. The lush new fairways, quickly acquired a sterling reputation throughout the Rocky Mountain Region thanks to designer James Foulis, Jr.
On Country Club’s eastern edge, Park Lane Square, is reminiscent of the English countryside with charming curved streets and expansive lawns.

Uninterrupted by alleys or sidewalks, the picturesque English-style gates fashioned from brick are welcoming.Originally planned as a single country estate, this elegant enclave boasts some of the grandest estate homes in the city. The grandest is the Tudor Revival Castle (Reed Mansion). The property features a steeply pitched, multi-gabled, slate roof. Soaring stone chimneys, bronze window frames, and elaborate Indiana limestone trim and brickwork.

The commanding edifice enjoys 2.5 acres landscaped by Saco DeBoer (architect of many Denver parkways) as a terraced formal garden highlighted by a lily pond and fountains. Shielded from busier districts by Speer Boulevard, Cherry Creek Bike Path, Seventh Avenue and Alamo Placitas historic districts, Country Club is nevertheless just blocks from the heart of the Cherry Creek Shopping district and only minutes from Downtown.