Whittier: 'The Building Up of Denver'

Located only a couple of miles northeast of downtown, Whittier is a diverse neighborhood full of historic houses and a long, rich history. Considered one of Denver's earliest suburbs, Whittier has been around since the 1870s. The neighborhood used to be a thriving working and middle class area of the city with a diverse population, which included Italian and German immigrant families as well as a growing African American community.

Whittier is often associated with the Five Points area as the two have similar histories. Five Points was a combination of businesses and residences, whereas Whittier has traditionally been a residential neighborhood, home to historically significant Manual High School.

And if you're wondering where the name Whittier came from, check out the video below on how some of Denver's early neighborhoods got their names.


Historic Schulz-Neef House

Whittier Cafe

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