Olde Town Arvada is a historic district, a part of Arvada, Colorado, that spans 15.1 acres and is bordered by Ralston Road, Teller Road, Grandview Avenue, and Yukon Street. It was established in 1890. In 1998, it was inscribed on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic landmark. The listing comprised 42 buildings that contributed to the overall picture.
The district is distinguished by a diverse range of building types, which include some of the most significant historic residences in the city, the city’s largest concentration of historic business buildings, the state’s oldest Grange hall, one of the few historic industrial facilities established in Arvada, and three significant historic churches, among others.
Many of the buildings in the neighborhood were meant to serve more than one purpose, such as business blocks that contained commercial space on the bottom floor and housing quarters or communal halls on the top floor, among other things. Arvada’s early history was characterized by the combination of building functions found in the city’s core region. In the district, the diversity of function resulted in a wide range of construction materials and designs, as well as landscaping and setbacks.
In the recent decade, the concept of a small town has begun to penetrate urban areas, including Denver. However, the one disadvantage of this approach is that, unless you live in that little neighborhood, it can be difficult to get there if you don’t want to drive or if you are a visitor visiting Denver for the first time. Olde Town Arvada and its small-town Main Street charm, on the other hand, are conveniently accessible through the RTD light rail system in Denver! From Denver’s Union Station, it will take you twenty minutes and $6 to go to and from Olde Towne. It’s only 8 miles away from the skyscrapers of downtown Denver, but it feels like it’s in another universe entirely.
The Olde Town Arvada neighborhood is centered on Olde Town Square, where the Sunday Farmers’ Market is held from June through September. Craft brewers and bars attract night owls with their handcrafted pottery and crystal jewelry, while antique shops cater to the general public. From burgers and pizza to Tex-Mex specialties and Asian cuisine, there is something for everyone. In an Edwardian mansion near McIlvoy Park, the Arvada Historical Society provides children’s historical events in the neighborhood.