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Denver County

Denver County is named for General James W Denver, who was a Territorial Governor of Kansas Territory.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Adams County

E – Adams County and Arapahoe County

S – Arapahoe County

W – Jefferson County

 

Created:  November 15, 1902

County Seat:

Denver  1902 – present

 

County Courthouse – Denver

 

Location:  1437 Bannock Street / West Colfax Avenue

Built:  1930 – 1932

Style: Classical Revival

Architect:  Allied Architects Association ( 39 architects )

Contractor:  Peter Seere

 

Description: The building faces east and is a four story stone and concrete structure. The building is located on the landscaped grounds of the Civic Center in the center of Denver to the west of the Colorado State Capitol. The building has a symmetrical H plan that measures 435 feet and 275 feet deep. The massive pedimented entry portico on the east front has six Corinthian columns. Two four story wings, fronted by Ionic columns, arch from the central structure. On the center of the roof is a thin central tower with clock and chimes. The tower is crowned by an eagle with outspread wings, the position in which the bird defecates; according to folklore, this was the artist’s response to charges of corruption in the building below. The building is constructed with Travertine granite from Cotopaxi quarries and Stone Mountain granite from Georgia on the exterior and some of the interior and include Colorado Yule marble, pink Tennessee marble, Resea marble, Vermont gray marble, black and gold Italian marble, and Italian Botticino marble. In the interior, the large city council chambers are located on the fourth story. Yhe mayor’s office dominates the third floor. Various other offices and eleven county and district courts fill the rest of the building. The building houses the District Court-Civil Division, County Court-Civil Division and County Probate Court of the 2nd Judicial District. The building was remodeled in 1965.

 

Note:  The Allied Architects Association was led by Robert K. Fuller along with George Gray and Roland L. Linder. Construction began in 1929 and employed 400 men during the early years of the Great Depression.

 

Note:  Noted Denver artist John E. Thompson supervised interior décor and color schemes. Notable artworks include Gladys Caldwell Fisher’s “American Indian Orpheus and the Animals,” an eleven-by-six-foot bas relief with panels of Colorado stone, and Allen Tupper True’s courtroom murals “Frontier Justice” and “Miner’s Court” (both 1950). Busts of Mayor Speer and of city planner Saco R DeBoer are located at either end of the main lobby. Another later installation was Denver artist Susan Cooper’s lobby collage of city landmarks.

 

County Justice Center  – Denver

 

 

Location:  520 West Colfax Avenue / Fox Street

Built:  2009 – 2011

Style: Modern

Architect:  Klipp Architectural Planning Interiors, Ricci Green Associates and Harold Massop Associates

Contractor:  Hensel Pheleps Construction Company

 

Description: The building faces east and is a five story glass and concrete  structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Denver to the west of the courthouse. The building has glass walls and is constructed with projecting angles. The roof line is flat. The building houses the District Court-Criminal Division, County Court-Criminal Division and County Juvenile Court of the 2nd Judicial District. The building is named as the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse. 

 

History:  The county was created in 1902 and Denver was selected as the county seat. In 1902, the county occupied the former Arapahoe County Courthouse which was a three story structure designed by Frederick Carl Eberly and built by Lester Fillmore and Peter Gumry at 16th Street and Court Place in 1883. The building had been enlarged in 1893 and the architect was Frank Anderson. The building served as the first courthouse and was razed in 1934. Also a four story City Hall had been designed by William H J Nichols and built in 1883 at the southwest corner of 14th Street and Larimer Street at a cost of $300,000. The building also served as a county office building and was razed in 1937. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1930 to 1932. The County Justice Center was constructed in 2009 to 2011 at a cost of $136,000,000.

 

See:  The Colorado Supreme Court is located in the county.

 

 

 

County Courthouse – Denver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Justice Center – Denver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2011 and 2016