Denver Neighborhoods – Montclair
The connection between the infamous “Red Baron” of World War I and the Montclair neighborhood can be found in Baron Manfred von Richthofen — he was the uncle of the “Red Baron” and the father of Montclair! Richthofen arrived to Colorado from Germany in 1877. A man of many interests, he started the Downtown Denver Real Estate Company in 1881, was a novelist, and was also a founding member of the Denver Chamber of Commerce. With Matthias P. Cochrane, Richthofen established the Montclair Town and Improvement Company in 1885. Though promoted as a healthy place to live, away from the smoke and fumes of the city, the Montclair neighborhood was not drawing residents.
To demonstrate the wonderful quality of life there the Baron decided to build a castle of his own at 12th and Olive. He had the Montclair ditch created, which was the lateral of the Highline Canal, eventually flowing into Montclair Park. The water supply enable many flowers, trees, and shrubs to be planted and thrive where the land had previously been essentially barren. In 1890, the Baron platted his own addition to Montclair and the building continued. With the Colorado Women’s College (1890) and the Fairmount Cemetery (1890), as well as the increasingly well-known reputation as a community for people suffering from lung-related illnesses, Montclair thrived. It was also home to the National Jewish Hospital and Agnes Memorial Sanatorium, one of the largest tuberculosis treatment centers in Colorado.
23 Minutes to DownTown
13 Minutes to Shopping Cherry Creek Mall
17 Minutes to I-25
Closest Grocery Store is Safeway
Walk Score: 56
Bike Score: 73
Postal Zip Code: 80220