The first time I heard “Denver Squares” after I came to Denver, I thought it was a form of folk dancing, as I never came across “Denver Squares” in my studies at the Georgia Tech School of Architecture. It didn’t take too long to realize that they were of the Four Square or Plains Square style architecture. I have read that they became popular as a retreat from the elaborate Victorian homes of the day, to a simpler style. They were basically a ‘square’ house, a little deeper than wide, two stories with small dormers on the steep hipped roof and built on narrow lots. In addition, they usually have a porch across the front and the floor plans are ‘closed’ and not open by today’s standards. Our search here is for Denver Square homes built up to 1940, as they were popular in Denver from the 1890s to the late 1930s, but as you will see in a separate 1940 to present search below, there were quite a few built into the 1950s.
As the new 20th century moved along, Denver Squares were built in a number of styles, from mail order plans and a bit of ‘cross breeding’ at that! They could have features from Craftsman with exposed beams and artful woodwork; Colonial with columns on the portico or porch; Queen Anne with bay windows and ornate trim, and Mission style with stucco, and in any mix!
It goes without saying that they seem to be as popular now as they were a century ago with their fortunate owners restoring them and keeping them to their original persona, which enriches our history and all of us in Denver!
There is a second Denver Square home search below for the later homes built after 1940 as there have been many beautiful ‘Denver Squares’ built since then. The “Plain Square” homes are at their core, or maybe at the beginning, a simple and solid abode that I believe represents the pioneer spirit of those who came west; well maybe the exception being when they were “dressed up” as many of them were like the Queen Anne and Colonial Revival models! 🙂
Map of Denver, CO – Charming ‘Denver Square’ Homes, built prior to 1940, for Sale