Mark Afman is a local photographer that started a Facebook page titled “Then and now, images of Colorado“. He takes his time to go out and find the exact angle from which these old Colorado photos were taken. These results are nothing short of amazing! Here is our top 7 pick from Mark’s then and now photos.
Lakeside. The original photo that you see here was submitted by Dominic. He asked me to match it up so this is the result. I am figuring the original photo is from the 1930s. This is 46th Ave looking west toward Sheridan and Lakeside. Please share your favorite memory of Lakeside Amusement Park.
These two photos show the view from 19th south down Broadway in 1905 and 2013. you see The Brown Palace on the right and The Trinity Prebyterian Church on the left.
Here is a couple of photos looking northwest down 14th St across the intersection with Larimer st in Denver. They were taken around 1890 and in 2013. You can see the building on the right is still there and it is the current home of Ted’s Montana Grill. the building on the left is long gone, but at the time it was the seat of power as the Denver City Hall.
Larimer Street is one of the original streets of Denver and used to be the main business district. As Denver grew, Larimer became less and less of a vital business district and more and more of a skid row. In the 1960s, when “Urban Renewal” meant tear down the old buildings no matter now beautiful and historic, and put up new Glass and steel, many of these areas were being torn down. Fortunately, Dana Crawford, and others, came along and recognized the value of these neighborhoods and help preserve them. These two photos show Larimer Street between 14th and 15th, or what is now, Larimer Square. some of Denver’s most sought after Real Estate. The two photos are from around 1910 and 2013.
Sherman Street. Some of the finest homes in Denver used to sit on Sherman Street just north of Colfax. These two photos are show Sherman Street looking south from 17th St toward the Capital building. the original photo was taken in 1888 by William H Jackson and mine was taken in 2014.
Union Station, Here is another shot showing how Union Station has been renovated. It now houses the Crawford Hotel and several restaurants. These two shots are from 1916 and 2014