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.

Nowhere else in Denver does the canopy of 100-year-old American elms  spread quite so magnificently over tiled rooftops and broad parkways as  it does in Country Club. One of city’s most cherished neighborhoods,  Country Club – occasionally referred to as “Denver’s Spanish Suburb” –  is also among the most scenic.

Stately Spanish gateways and lush gardens stand sentry-like at the  entrances to the elegant community as if to protect the rural ambiance  of its quiet streets. The gates, parkways, and many of the area’s homes  were designed by architects William and Arthur Fisher, renowned for  their refined Mediterranean designs, a sensibility that Arthur acquired  during his sojourns through southern Europe.

During the late 1800s, area was given over to farms and sporting  facilities. The Gentlemen’s Driving Association, whose illustrious  membership included Horace Tabor and Walter Cheesman, planted hundreds  of trees near 4th Avenue and Corona and built a half-mile track,  two-story clubhouse, and stables for sulky racing.

Gala parties were not uncommon with races frequently enlivened by a  bass band. But as interest in racing waned, the Driving Association  directors sold out, to be succeeded by a second group of sports-minded  Denverites, the Overland Park (Golf) Club. Seeking a new venue, the  members incorporated as the Denver Country Club in 1901 and acquired a  120-acre tract straddling Cherry Creek.

The first clubhouse opened on New Year’s Day 1905, and the lush new  fairways, designed by noted golf-course architect James Foulis, Jr.  quickly acquired a sterling reputation throughout the Rocky Mountain  Region.

On Country Club’s eastern edge, Park Lane Square, reminiscent of the  English countryside with charming curved streets and expansive lawns  uninterrupted by alleys or sidewalks, is entered through picturesque  English-style gates fashioned from brick.

Originally planned as a single country estate, this elegant enclave  boasts some of the grandest estate homes in the city. Grandest of all is  the Tudor Revival Castle (Reed Mansion), an area icon with 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 Parkway and Cherry Creek Bike Path and the 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.