Community

Arapahoe Acres has attracted artists, designers, architects, academics, musicians, educators and professionals.

Early residents included Clyde and Maxine McCoy, noted jazz trumpeter and vocalist; Jean Petersen, nationally recognized potter; Steven Halpin, well-known drummer; Lennie Baylinson, organist for the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver; Michael Freed, Director of the Jewish Anti-Defamation League and wife Sylvia Freed, violinist and tutor; Paul Merry and Phil Perdue, University of Denver professors; Phillip Boxer, Dean of Liberal Arts at Metropolitan State College of Denver; Homer Reed, men’s haberdasher; Gardner Middlebrook, medical researcher; Chief Justice Otto Moore of the Colorado Supreme Court; Warren Chandler and Glenn Martin, both Denver radio personalities; Sam Lusky, journalist; Chuck Henning, speaker of the Colorado House; and Barbara Charney painters.

Edward Hawkins himself was an accomplished musician, playing the bass viol, saxophone and banjo.

Drawn by common intellectual and cultural interests into a neighborhood of high quality architectural design, homeowners develop a high level of loyalty to Arapahoe Acres.

Eight original owners each built two homes in the neighborhood. In 1997, when the history book portion of this book was originally published, twelve original owners remained in Arapahoe Acres. Four then-residents had owned two Arapahoe Acres homes. Today, age has taken its toll and only a handful of original owners remain.

Over the years, many enduring friendships were made, and past residents frequently remain in touch with former neighbors. Previous residents often re-establish lost contact with the neighborhood after seeing recent press coverage or the neighborhood website. A number of these individuals have provided important oral histories, historic photographs and, in one case, home movies.

In the early years, most Arapahoe Acres families were raising young children. It was not uncommon to find families of four in 850 square foot homes. Today, the same home is considered just large enough for singles or couples and the demographics of the community have changed accordingly.

Original home buyers in Arapahoe Acres frequently furnished their homes with modern furniture, art, and design in keeping with the architecture of the homes. Today, many current owners also display modern furniture and design of the period, though now their collections are gleaned from the secondary market.

Well-attended neighborhood gatherings are held at least once a year. Some events are purely social. Others are the occasion for the discussion of historic preservation, Arapahoe Acres history, or neighborhood infrastructure and security. In the past, neighbors organized and funded the restoration of the original street signs with a matching grant from the city of Englewood. Volunteers were periodically organized to assist elderly residents with house and yard maintenance.

Because of a strong, shared interest in the aesthetics and quality of life in the neighborhood, many homeowners have committed themselves to maintaining the architectural integrity of their homes and the neighborhood as a whole.

This commitment was reflected in the funds raised by fifty-six residents and friends for the printing of the original history book, researched and written by homeowner and historic preservation consultant Diane Wray on a volunteer basis in the late 1990s.

With the support of the homeowners, she then prepared the successful National Register nomination of Arapahoe Acres.