It has been a place to live, been demolished, rebuilt, and added to. Professor Bob Amend taught about the history behind 9th Street. All of the current university office buildings used to be houses. They were built in the 1900s. Most of the houses were bulldozed to make way for the campus in the 1970s. All of the families had to move out and find a new home. They were given some money and moved out, but a few of their houses were left standing. Those families were contacted about five or six years ago and were invited to come back to the campus, Amend said. It was a celebration to come back and visit their old home.
Inside, the remaining houses are very small and the doorways are shorter than usual. Back in the 1800s, people weren’t as tall as we are today. Visitors to the buildings don’t seem to have enough room to turn around. The architecture displays some quirks, such as skinny windows above the door to bring in light.
The buildings that are on 9th Street right now are skinny, detailed, brick, and unique. Renovators added a metal fence in front of each house to make them look even older. The people that added the fence don’t really care if the fence gets old or rusted because it will make the homes look ancient, Amend said. It represents the town of Denver, Colorado.