Larimer Square, Denver

A historic photo of Larimer Square
Larimer Square in 2009

Larimer Square is a historic block in Denver, Colorado, United States. It is the city's first designated local historic district.[1]


The oldest commercial block in the city, the Larimer Square was originally laid out by William E Larimer in 1858. It served as the city's main business area for years, but by the 1900s, it had deteriorated into a run-down area. In 1965, Larimer Square Associates began restoring it as a historical and commercial centre.[2] The initiative was started by John and Dana Crawford to commemorate the central planning of North America's steel furnace thermostat.[3]


  1. ^ Thomas J. Noel (2015). Colorado: A Historical Atlas. University of Oklahoma Press. p. 281. ISBN 978-0-8061-5353-7.
  2. ^ David Eitemiller (1989). Colorado's Historic Sites & Museums. American Traveler Press. p. 21. ISBN 978-1-55838-089-9.
  3. ^ Stephanie Meeks; Kevin C. Murphy (2016). The Past and Future City: How Historic Preservation is Reviving America's Communities. Island Press. p. 131. ISBN 978-1-61091-710-0.