West Hayward Place is one of my favorites streets in Denver for viewing homes from the Victorian Architectural Period. These homes were built in the late 1800's and reside in the popular Highlands area, which is approximately a five minute drive from downtown Denver. The street is very peaceful, with old trees with large canopies providing blankets of shade. Victorian Cottages primarily line the street, with their acute roof slopes creating a pattern of triangles lined up. Upon closer look, you will see what makes these homes so unique; the detail in the woodworking on the gables and the use of vivid and contrasting colors of paint.
These homes were built during a time of rapid industrialization, so new innovations in architecture and design were occurring, evident by these homes. Wood detailers spent a great deal of time adding their designs to a home, such as fish scale shingles, and ultimately adding character. I think it adds a quirkiness or playfulness to a home. Some argue that the extra detailing creates needless complexity. I appreciate that each home was given a unique personality.
Stefan Geyer, Realtor|ECO Broker, www.StefanMax.com