Observatory Park

Observatory Park is bordered by Evans Avenue to the North, Yale  Avenue to the South, Colorado Boulevard to the East, and University  Boulevard to the West.

Observatory Park offers the charm of a college town, the convenience  of a central location, and the serenity of a traditional neighborhood  where lovely historic homes and mature shade trees line picturesque  streets and neighbors visit from front porches on summer evenings.

The University of Denver (DU) and Iliff School of Theology were  founded downtown in 1864 by John Evans, the 2nd territorial governor of  Colorado, but moved to Observatory Park in 1880. Renowned architect  Robert Roeschlaub designed University Hall, the school’s first building,  and Humphrey Baker Chamberlain donated money for the telescope now  housed in Romanesque Chamberlain Observatory. The telescope’s remarkable  20-inch refractor lens had been displayed at the 1893 Chicago World’s  Fair.

Home of the top-ranked Pioneers hockey team and the cultural heart of  the area, DU offers theater, concerts, seminars, and lectures, while the  observatory, a coveted resource for amateur astronomy buffs, delivers  the marvels of the universe right to your door. Observatory Park’s  newest icon a gleaming gold bell tower, tops DU’s Ritchie Center, home  to Magness Arena, Coors Fitness Center, Gates Field House, and Hamilton  Gymnasium.

The  newly streamlined I-25 corridor and Light Rail whisks commuters to  Downtown, the Central Platte Valley, Denver Tech Center, and Park  Meadows Mall. University, Colorado, and Yale also speed residents on  their way, but many opt for a quiet stroll to one of the area’s many  delightful cafes, coffee bars, restaurants, convenience food outlets,  and myriad retail stores. Perennial favorites, Mustard’s Last Stand,  featuring authentic Chicago-Style hot dogs, and Pete’s University Park  Cafe, always draw a crowd.

  Reminiscent of old-world villages, the quaint shopping districts at  Old South Gaylord and South Pearl Street offer bookshops, galleries,  boutiques, and restaurants. Sushi Den on Pearl Street is one of the most  popular sushi spots in Denver, and Stella’s Coffee house attracts a  diverse crowd of locals, students, and professionals.     

At University Hills Plaza, Chez Artiste, a tri-plex movie house,  showcases the finest independent films and foreign language cinema. For  first-run features, there’s Colorado Center Stadium 9, at Colorado and  I-25, next door to Dave & Buster’s arcade and restaurant.

Steeped in Denver history, Observatory Park, a family oriented  neighborhood with a dash of spice, offers a zesty blend of modern and  traditional lifestyles and architecture.