The Governor’s Park neighborhood is anchored by the Governor’s Mansion at 400 E. 8th Ave. The Georgian Revival mansion was built in 1908 and deeded to the state in 1959. Every governor since 1960 has occupied the mansion except for Bill Owens, whose term ran from 1999-2007. Governor Bill Ritter currently lives at the six-bedroom mansion with his family.
Special events are also held in the mansion, and free tours are offered June – August. The Governor’s Park neighborhood stretches from Broadway to Downing, and is bounded by 8th Ave. to the north and Alameda Ave. to the south.
Demographics: According to the 2000 census, Governor’s Park is home to 11,460 residents. The neighborhood is also referred to the Speer neighborhood because Speer Blvd. cuts through it on a diagonal. The average home costs $288,164, while $659 covers the average rent. The neighborhood features a mix of condos, apartments and single-family homes. Fifty-nine percent of Governor’s Park residents have college degrees, higher than the city’s average of 39 percent.
Restaurants: Sixth Ave. is home to a variety of bars and restaurants for every taste.
* Little India at 330 E. Sixth Ave. offers lunch buffets and traditional Indian dinners.
* Angelo’s at 620 E. 6th Ave. features pizza, lasagna and other Italian fare.
* Governor’s Park at 627 Logan St. stands out as the local watering hole and sports bar.
Schools: Governor’s Park has several local schools near the neighborhood, although Denver Public Schools allows students to pick the schools they want to attend.
* East High at 1545 Detroit St. is one of Denver’s four original high schools of North, East, South, and West.
* Morey Middle School at 840 E. 14th Ave. serves grades 6-8.
* Moore Elementary at 846 Corona St. offers classes for K – 5.
Grocery Stores, Etc.:
* Safeway at 560 Corona St. is open from 5 a.m. – 11 p.m.
* Washington Mutual at 1038 E. 6th Ave. has a branch with a 24-hour ATM.
* Denver was named after a governor, Kansas Territorial Governor James Denver, but he was not impressed by the honor as Denver was a dusty frontier town at the time.
* Republican John Long Routt was the state’s first governor from 1876-1879. He also served a second term fro 1891-1893.
* Nowadays, Colorado governors are limited to two consecutive terms.