As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I now live in a development on the site of Denver’s old Elitch Gardens amusement part, which operated from 1890-1993. In addition to the really cool new urban community, there’s also some historic preservation going on, as they renovate the old theater. I’m being told that at this stage they’re doing basic infrastructural work (although I’m not even clear on the details of that part) but haven’t yet decided what to do with it. The apartment manager thinks it would be a nice yoga studio. I’d personally love to see it turned into, you know, a theater. And maybe a more general entertainment complex of some sort. I have an open mind, though.
In any case, when I asked about the whole project a few minutes ago, the manager pointed out some photos I hadn’t noticed before, photos of the park during its heyday and photos of founder Mary Elitch (1856-1936). One of the facility’s staff walked me around the office building, showing me the pictures they have on display, and the manager said that there are lots more in storage – they just haven’t waded through it all to figure out what to do with them.
I’m neither a historian nor a photographer (as I think my occasional photos here have clearly demonstrated), but this bit of information has my attention. I find myself wanting to see just what they have in the basement, and if I can take along someone who knows enough about the history of Elitch and the park that bore her name, how incredible would that be?
Might make a nice feature or series for S&R, huh?
While I plot and ponder, here’s a gorgeous shot of the theater from the exceptional Denver history site, BuckFifty.org.