The University of Denver (locally called DU) was founded in March of 1864 and is the oldest University in the Rocky Mountain area.
The 125 acre main campus is located on the west side of the University Park/Observatory Park neighborhood Denver at 2199 So University Blvd. The University of Denver was founded by John Evans who was appointed the Governor of the Colorado Territory by president Abraham Lincoln.
Initially founded as the "Colorado Seminary", the school was renamed the University of Denver in 1880. First established in downtown Denver, the school was relocated to it's present location after a donation of the land by a man named Rufus Clark.
Prior to World War II, the student body mostly consisted of local and regional applicants. With the advent of the GI bill after World War II, enrollment at the University of Denver grew to over 13,000 students.
I first came to Denver specifically to study at the University of Denver and one of my favorite buildings on the campus has always been University Hall.
University Hall is primarily used for administrative purposes and is one of the oldest and most architecturally striking buildings on the University of Denver campus.
In terms of pure beauty, my favorite is Evans Memorial Chapel in the center of the University of Denver campus.
Built in 1878 by John Evans, the chapel was in honor of his daughter Josephine who died in 1868. Originally constructed in downtown Denver, the Evans Memorial Chapel was purchased by the University of Denver, disassembled and reassembled in is present location in 1960. The chapel is gorgeous and I fondly remember attending a friends wedding there in the 80's.