History of Arapahoe Acres


In August of 1949, Hawkins conceived of developing an entire subdivision, signing an option to purchase a thirty acre parcel in Englewood, a small community in Arapahoe County just south of the Denver city and county line. In November of 1949, he completed the purchase of the property.

Developer, builder and designer Edward B. Hawkins was born in 1902 in Denver, Colorado. Edward grew up in Denver, graduating from East High School, and went on to study civil engineering for two years at Colorado State Agricultural College, now Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

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The continuing value of Arapahoe Acres as a cultural asset is owed to many factors, not the least of which are the series of owners – some original buyers, some enthusiastic newcomers — who keep up these homes.

With only a few exceptions, these modest yet magnificent houses have been preserved, cherished and maintained over the decades.

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National Register Historic District

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the nation’s cultural resources determined to be worthy of preservation. It was originally authorized in 1935 and expanded by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

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