Brownstone Living in Denver

Denver Post

The warmth, style, and charm of brownstone architecture, prevalent in big East Coast cities like New York, Boston, and Philadelphia, has steadily established a foothold in Denver.

Savvy developers in the Denver metro area have recognized the growing demand for “brownstone living” and many have been built to meet the demand.

Some of the city’s most prominent brownstones are located at the ultra-exclusive NorthCreek property in Cherry Creek North. A row of finely built brownstones, all constructed using Colorado sandstone, line Fillmore Plaza, and provide a person who is fascinated with the architecture and history of living in a brownstone with everything they could hope for. Stoops, outdoor terraces, a private entrance, well-appointed gardens, a private courtyard and leisurely walks to some of Denver’s best restaurants, art galleries and high-end shops maximize the value of the NorthCreek brownstone’s outdoor space. Inside residents enjoy the best architecture and finishes, private elevators and a warm, inviting atmosphere.

What is so alluring about brownstones? There is no easy answer, but considering their romantic history and special architecture, it’s understandable why so many people seek them out.

As described by Brownstoner.com, the emergence of the brownstone dates to New York’s early history. In the period prior to the 1830′s, most of the row houses being constructed in New York had either brick or wood façades. Alternatives such as marble existed, but these were far too costly for most homeowners to consider, especially since the stone had to be cut by hand and transported long distances.

With the growth of the New Urban middle class came a desire for something more sophisticated in the appearance than simple brick and more durable than wood. Brownstone, a type of sandstone, was readily available from quarries in New Jersey and Connecticut. A form of sedimentary rock which frequently contains fossilized footprints of prehistoric animals, it owed its unique dark brown color to high concentrations of iron, which turned color with exposure to water.

Using barges, it could be shipped easily to New York, where it quickly became popular. In Brooklyn, brownstone houses could be found anywhere from Bedford-Stuyvesant to Brooklyn Heights and Carroll Gardens. Houses themselves were not constructed of brownstone, but rather a veneer less than a foot thick was placed on the front of each home, which was actually constructed of brick. The mark of a good brownstone mason was his ability to cut and assemble the blocks of a façade so carefully that it almost appeared to be a single mass of stone.

Today, Manhattan’s Upper West Side and Harlem neighborhood’s are known for attractive brownstones. Brownstones have also long lined urban streets in Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago and many other American cities. Today brownstones are finding a home in Denver, where the unique form and design is finding prominence at locations such as NorthCreek in Cherry Creek North.

Browstone Living in Denver