The David Crowell Residence- Denver


In 1873, David Crowell constructed a small clapboard cottage in the Folk Victorian style,  at 2816 Curtis Street.  As the city of Denver had passed laws requiring masonry reconstruction of all buildings following city-wide fires in the 1860’s, this building was extremely rare even at that time.


In the 1920’s, the building was clad with “Insul-brick”, a pressed-board material with imitation brick facing.  The original Victorian windows were replaced with much smaller units.  Foundation failure over the years caused settlement across the house of several inches.


In 1977, Brian Congleton purchased the house and prepared designs for exterior façade restoration and interior renovation.  The “insul-brick” was removed, and original windows and trim work restored.  Creation of a loft under the eaves enlarged and  improved the interior layout.


The Crowell Residence is located in the Curtis Park National Historic District.  It was showcased at the Historic Denver House Tour in 2007.