The Golden Triangle is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Denver, with many single family Victorian homes and bungalows built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Between 1904 and 1919, Denver Mayor Robert Speer completed his ambitious plan for the Civic Center area, adding many civic institutions and a neoclassic park to the north of the neighborhood, and placing a leafy concrete urban canyon around Cherry Creek, creating Speer Boulevard, the neighborhood's western and southern border.
Starting in the 1990s, perhaps as the result of the new Central Library, the neighborhood began its transformation into a functional multi-use neighborhood. New condominium and loft developments came into the neighborhood, and many of the old supply stores and garages were transformed into restaurants, art galleries, and small offices.
The Golden Triangle continues to undergo many transformations. The Denver Art Museum's new wing was completed in fall 2006, further developing the neighborhood's art scene, which includes various art galleries and the Curious Theatre Company. Denver's new justice center and jail opened in late 2010. In 2012, the agency opened the new state history museum of Colorado, the History Colorado Center, neighbored by the welcoming design (Denver Post) of the new Colorado State Judiciary building (opened December 2012). Denver startups and venture-funded companies like Convercent are investing in Golden Triangle real estate as well.
There is some neighborhood concern that the area is developing too quickly. Some Denverites criticize some recent condominium developments of Craig Nassi such as the Prado, a luxury 18-story neo-historic French-style building. There are three of these developments built in the last five years by Nassi, who apparently combined different property's entitlements to get around the height restrictions of the neighborhood. While the developments are legal, some critics say the zoning does not really intend for his condominiums to be built in the Golden Triangle. Some of the people who purchased units in his buildings have alleged shoddy craftsmanship and bad business practices. The homeowner's association of Nassi's Beauvallion property have filed a lawsuit against him. Denver Nuggets basketball star Carmelo Anthony's Prado penthouse was featured on MTV Cribs..
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