Observatory Park is named after the Chamberlin Observatory, an astronomical observatory owned and operated by the University of Denver. The area is one of the oldest Colorado suburbs outside of the immediate downtown area. Its history is tied to the University of Denver when it was moved to its present location in the later 1800s from its original location downtown. Observatory Park became the neighborhood for faculty and administrators associated with the university. In fact it was the only neighborhood around the school as there use to be considerable farmland that existed between Observatory Park and downtown Denver. The old Union Pacific railroad line ran from downtown union station along where I-25 now stands.
Much has changed in over a century but many of the stately homes of those years gone by still stand and the grand canopy of mature tree lined streets still give the neighborhood its stately charm. Observatory Park has also been a popular neighborhood for new construction homes many of which rival the mansions of the past in their size and grandeur.
Observatory Park is located just east of the University of Denver. It is a part of the University Park Community Council or neighborhood association, www.upcc.us. We’d love to show you around the neighborhood so give us a call!