Oldest Structures in

East Colfax

The history of East Colfax is at least partly contained in the built structures that have been here the longest. Aside from architectural style, there's a way that everything that has happened in and around these structures is of interest, and they are our only material, everyday reminders that such a history exists.

 

But older structures are also very much part of the future we might imagine for East Colfax, or for any city or city neighborhood. Without them, we lose one of the defining elements of diversity a city can offer. As Jane Jacobs wrote back in 1961 in The Death and Life of Great American Cities:

Cities need old buildings so badly it is probably impossible for vigorous streets and districts to grow without them. . . . [The] value of old buildings is irreplaceable. . . . It is created by time. This . . . diversity of [old and new buildings] is a requisite that vital city neighborhoods can only inherit, and then sustain over the years.

In fact the "need for aged buildings" is one of only four primary guidelines Jacobs lists as crucial for vital and livable city places, saying places "must mingle buildings that vary in age and condition, including a good proportion of old ones."

Taking a cue from Jacobs, and with the help of ECNA summer intern and former East Colfax resident Cornelius Bankston, we are keeping a running list of the oldest structures in the East Colfax neighborhood.

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1908 Quebec Street

Year Built

1886

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1794 Xenia Street

Year Built

1889

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1965 Verbena Street

Year Built

1889

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1786 Xenia Street

Year Built

1889

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7325 East 14th Avenue

Year Built

1889

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7400 East 17th Avenue

Year Built

1891

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1449 Quince Street

Year Built

1893

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1721 Quince Street

Year Built

1896

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1743 Ulster Street

Year Built

1901

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1749 Ulster Street

Year Built

1906

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1465 Roslyn Street

Year Built

1910

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1154 Verbena Street

Year Built

1910

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1240 Syracuse Street

Year Built

1910

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1450 Roslyn Street

Year Built

1910

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1188 North Quince Street

Year Built

1910

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1339 Quince Street

Year Built

1911

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1665 Rosemary Street

Year Built

1911

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1356 Quebec Street

Year Built

1912

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1578 Quebec Street

Year Built

1912

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1218 Uinta Street

Year Built

1913