Capitol Hill is one of the most diverse and eclectic neighborhoods the city has to offer. It is a genuine, big-city district with roots that run deep. In 1864 John W. Smith was hired by Henry C. Brown, owner-builder of the Brown Palace to build 25-mile “city ditch.” Prior to the completion of the ditch in 1867, water instantly transformed the hill into a residential neighborhood.
A wave of apartment construction occurred in the 1920’s after the Silver Bust and had a huge effect on Capitol Hill. The development changed with it becoming more pedestrian and middle class. The Great Depression followed turning homes on the Hill into multifamily homes seeing as people struggled to make ends meet.
Capitol Hill is the most cosmopolitan neighborhood in Denver. It’s known for its artists and bohemians. There are numerous restaurants like Bender’s Tavern, The Red Room, Benny’s and so much more. You also have bars, clubs, coffee shops and other cultural amenities within walking distance. Colfax Avenue, which runs right through Capitol Hill, has the reputation for a wild nightlife. The Fillmore and the Ogden, two awesome music venues, are located on Colfax so that you may enjoy a concert and a drink at many of the bars located within walking distance. During the day you have lobbyists and politicians coming from the State Capitol.
Wherever you choose to live on “The Hill,” you’ll be within walking distance of Civic Center Park and Cultural Center and Cheesman Park, two of Denver’s largest parks. Capitol Hill is also home to the Colorado School of Art and Design, Colorado Ballet, Whole Foods, the Governor’s Mansion, the Gothic-style Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, and St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral.