|From the Washington Park Profile|
by Karen Hinkel and Amy Allen
Reprising the West Side Stories – Stepping Through Time, sets the theme for 2012’s edition of the West Washington Park neighborhood home tour, slated for Sat., Sept. 15, 10a.m.-4p.m.
THE 2012 WEST WASHINGTON PASRK HOME TOUR FEATURES SIX STUNNING HOMES and a tour of Byers Middle School, a designated Denver Historic Landmark. This Lincoln St. Victorian is one of several on the tour designed by noted architect William Lang.
Longtime WWP resident Charlotte Winzenburg spearheaded the first such effort – the Handy Man Tour – in 1976, as a way to encourage residents to fix up their homes as do-it-yourself projects.
This year’s tour has a different slant. Attendees will get an inside look at six extraordinary homes, as well as the historic Byers Middle School building (150 S. Pearl St.). The residences featured display a variety of styles that accommodate the modern lifestyle, while preserving the prevailing character of their surrounding neighborhood.
Several featured homes show off designs of noted architect William Lang, who put his imprint on Denver beginning in the late 1800s and continuing into the 20th century’s early years. Lang is credited for the design of over 250 Denver buildings. Noteworthy examples include the Molly Brown House, 1340 Pennsylvania St.; Castle Marne, 1572 Race St.; and the Ghost Building, 800 18th St.
Byers School has been unoccupied for nearly a decade, and is thus in dire need of major renovation to become a fully functioning “modern” house of learning. Built in 1921 and named for William N. Byers, founder of the now defunct Rocky Mountain News, the well-aged facility could see renewed life in the next couple of years if voters approve a bond issue coming on this November’s ballot that will include money needed to prepare Byers to welcome a new branch of the Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST).
Tickets forReprising the West Side Stories – Stepping Through Time cost $20, and may be purchased: online at WestWashParkHomeTour.com; in person at the Washington Street Community Center (809 S. Washingon St.); or on event day at any of the tour homes or at Byers. Proceeds will fund community enhancement projects of West Washington Park Neighborhood Association.
Volunteers are very important for help on tour day and with all lead-up details; check out what’s needed: facebook.com/WestWashParkHomeTour2012 or email info@TKHRealty.com if you’d like to lend a hand.