Louisa May Alcott Apartments

Poet’s Row (Sherman Street)

Architecture is prized for its value in many different ways. It’s value lies not only within the monetary worth of structures themselves but also within its period-specific building styles, influences, history, and aesthetics. Architecture makes cities unique and gives them character.

Today’s installment of “What’s Here?” Wednesday takes a look at “Poet’s Row” in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver, Colorado. What we see on this particular block is a collection of 11 buildings mostly built in Art-Deco and Modern Styles of the 1930’s, named after famous writers. All of the buildings on Poet’s Row are first generation and have been classified a Denver Historic District in an attempt to help preserve the original nature of each building individually and all the buildings together as a whole.

The Sherman Street Historic District is a historic residential neighborhood of three-story brick apartments fronting the 1000 block of Sherman Street, between 10th and 11th avenues. Located southeast of downtown, the district includes all of the west side of Sherman Street and the southern third of the east side. The district consists of eleven, three-story walk-up apartment buildings. All eleven buildings are contributing resources [to the Sherman Street Historic District].


This block of Sherman Street has long been known to Denver residents as “Poets Row.” The originator of the Poet’s Row name is not known, however, the major architect of the historic district, Charles Strong, was quite fond of literature and might have provided some names himself.

The block is inherently presented in a way that conveys a certain meaning or theme. Above all, they are all fun to look at! When looking closely one can see common traits among the architecture and design but also the individuality of each building. It becomes clear why this block is so graciously named Poet’s Row.

Robert Frost Apartments (originally Casa Bonita)
Address: 1001 Sherman Street Denver, CO 80203
Year Built: 1929
Architect: Andrew B. Willison
Style: Modernist interpretation of Spanish Colonial Revival
This three-story brick apartment building on the southwest corner of Sherman Street and 10th Avenue was the earliest built on Block 1 of Iliff Place Addition, in 1929.

Robert Frost Apartments

Robert Frost Apartments

Emily Dickinson Apartments (originally Constellation)
Address: 1015 Sherman Street Denver, CO 80203
Year Built: 1956
Architect: Unknown
The three-story Emily Dickinson is an International Style building.

Emily Dickinson Building

Emily Dickinson Building

Louisa May Alcott Apartments (originally Casa La Vista)
Address: 1025 Sherman Street Denver, CO 80203
Year Built: 1931
Architect: Andrew B. Willison (attributed)
Style: Modernist interpretation of Spanish Colonial Revival
This three-story apartment building is nearly an exact duplicate of the Robert Frost.

Louisa May Alcott Building

Louisa May Alcott Building

Mark Twain Apartments
Address: 1035 Sherman Street Denver, CO 80203
Year Built: 1937
Architect: Charles D. Strong
Style: Art Deco/Art Moderne
This three-story building constructed adjacent to the Alcott features a similar plan and design to the others in the district. It was designed the same year as the Browning but it appears much more modern. It is the only building in the historic district with an off-center entry and one of only two buildings utilizing rounded corners.

Mark Twain Building

Mark Twain Building

Nathaniel Hawthorne Apartments
Address: 1045 Sherman Street Denver, CO 80203
Year Built: 1938
Architect: Charles D. Strong
Style: Art Deco/Art Moderne
This three-story apartment features similarities to the Twain in the use of beige brick, rounded corners, and panels of glass bricks between steel casement windows.

Nathaniel Hawthorne Building

Nathaniel Hawthorne Building

Eugene Field Apartments
Address: 1055 Sherman Street Denver, CO 80203
Year Built: 1939
Architect: Charles D. Strong
Style: Art Deco/Art Moderne
This three-story apartment features the same massing as the Hawthorne and Twain and a similar use of beige brick.

Eugene Field Building

Eugene Field Building

Panama Apartments
Address: 1075 Sherman Street Denver, CO 80203
Year Built: 1942
Architect: Charles D. Strong
Style: Art Deco
This three-story building reflects a more Art Deco/Art Moderne with International elements, as was typical for the World War II era.

Sherman Arms Apartments
Address: 1085 Sherman Street Denver, CO 80203
Year Built: 1950
Architect: Charles D. Strong (possibly)
Style: Art Moderne/International
The three-story Sherman Arms is similar to the other apartments on the west side of Sherman Street in terms of plan and design.

Sherman Arms Building

Sherman Arms Building

James Russell Lowell Apartments
Address: 1020 Sherman Street Denver, CO 80203
Year Built: 1936
Architect: Charles D. Strong
Style: Twentieth-century Modern/Art Deco
The-three story Lowell Apartment was the first building on Sherman Street named for a literary figure. It has a similar size and plan as the Browning and Carlyle and clearly features Art Deco/Art Moderne styling.

James Russell Lowell Building

James Russell Lowell Building

Thomas Carlyle Apartments
Address: 1010 Sherman Street Denver, CO 80203
Year Built: 1936
Architect: Charles D. Strong
Style: Art Deco/Art Moderne
The Carlyle Apartment is both similar to the adjacent Lowell and different. It is similar in the buff brick facade, vertical piers, and the general size and number of windows. It is distinct in the use of the stepped piers that rise from the entrance.

Thomas Carlyle Building

Thomas Carlyle Building

Robert Browning Apartments
Address: 1000 Sherman Street Denver, CO 80203
Year Built: 1937
Architect: Charles D. Strong
Style: Art Deco/Art Moderne
This three-story building features the same plan and massing as the Carlyle and utilizes a similar color buff brick.

Robert Browning Building

Robert Browning Building

Next time you’re walking around Capitol Hill in Denver be sure to take a little detour up and down Sherman Street between 10th Ave and 11th Ave. Take some time to check out this unique block of historical buildings and observe the Sherman Street Historical District’s unique contribution to the Capitol Hill neighborhood! If you do, now you’ll have a little idea about why writer’s names subtly scatter this block!

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