Larimer Square is the heart of Downtown Denver. It has something for everyone, and it’s your one-stop shop for art, food, nightlife, and history.
Larimer Street was the very first street in Denver. It was where Green Russell and a group of prospectors settled after their original strike sparked the Colorado gold rush. General Larimer, for whom the street is named, built the city’s first residence here and used coffins for doors. In 1863 when a huge fire destroyed over 70 buildings in downtown Denver, Larimer Street was lucky to escape without too much damage.
As the city grew, so did the street, and many of the iconic buildings that were constructed during the 19th and 20th centuries are still intact – though many have been renovated and modernized. It wasn’t always the thriving scene it was today. During prohibition, Larimer Street regained popularity due to speakeasy operations, but after WWII it fell into disrepair and was nearly demolished. In 1965 Denverite Dana Crawford formed Larimer Associates, to change the face of the 1400 block of Larimer Street by refurbishing the buildings and encouraging retail shops to move into the area. She is credited with saving this historic landmark.
Today Larimer Square is a must-see for anyone visiting Denver. There are nearly 20 restaurants that line the street, countless boutiques for shopping, a robust nightlife scene, and numerous events and festivals. For the history buff, there is a walking tour “Then & Now,” which provides participants with information about the founding of Denver and illustrates how the city developed into what it is today. For the art lover, The Walkway Gallery is a curated, bi-weekly, rotating art display located in the Larimer Square Walkway. This changing gallery showcases local artists and all pieces are for sale.
Larimer Square will host the 17th annual Denver Chalk Art Festival at the end of ACHA 2019! This free two-day street-painting festival is perfect for the entire family. Hundreds of artists work together to turn the streets of Larimer Square into an outdoor museum of spectacular works of chalk art.
Larimer Square is located less than one mile away from our host hotel, the Sheraton Downtown Denver. It is accessible on foot, but public buses, Uber, Lyft, or taxi services are available as well.