Geology of Denver's Stone Buildings

Geology Tour of Denver's Capitol Hill Stone Buildings
By Jack A. Murphy, Photography by Ken E. Erickson

Explore Denver's Capitol Hill Neighborhood History through the handsome stones used to build its landmarks.

Build before the devastating 1893 Silver Crash, Charline Place at 1419-1441 Pennsylvania Street was originally a palatial grouping of four connected townhouses made of red sandstone; unfortunately the source of the stone is not documented. Note the asymmetrical elements that characterize this style: contrasting curved and straight lines, towers, balconies, steeply pitched roofs with front-facing gables, wraparound porches, classical ornamentation, rough surface texture, and lots of high brick chimneys. For more information, refer to Molly Brown's Capitol Hill Neighborhood, a companion book in this series.