The Houston-based owner of the Berkeley Park Chapel and Mortuary filed an application to demolish this historic building to make way for a 58-unit, seven building complex of 3-story townhomes. On June 12, 2019 the City of Denver found that the Berkeley Park Chapel has potential for landmark designation. History Colorado determined potential eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places on June 26.
The Berkeley Park Chapel and Mortuary is a place of memories, where members of our community have gathered for almost 60 years to celebrate and remember loved ones during life's most difficult moments.
Architect J. Roger Musick realized the mortuary would become an iconic building within this neighborhood, given its prominent location at the intersection of the West 46th Avenue Parkway and Tennyson Street. He designed the building to harmonize with the residential character of the community and added remarkable architectural details, such as custom terra cotta, stained glass, hand-molded plaster, and hand-carved doors. By providing the mortuary with a long low profile and deep setback from the street, Musick respected the beauty and vistas of the historic parkway, Berkeley Park, and the range of mountains to the west.
Buildings such as this are not built today, and once it is gone, there is no getting it back.
Please join us in the fight to save it from demolition!
How you can help:
1. Give: The first step is raising the needed $875 to file the application for historic designation by WEDNESDAY, JULY 10th!
2. Write: Share your memories and stories using this form. Did you attend services for a neighbor or family members at the chapel? How do you feel about the possible demolition of the building? We think this place is important, but we want to hear from you, our neighbors.
3. Share: Post this to your social media networks. Get the call out to friends.
4. Attend a public meeting on July 9, 6pm, at Centennial Elementary School, 4665 Raleigh Street, hosted by outgoing Councilperson Rafael Espinosa and Councilperson-elect Amanda Sandoval to make your views known to Koelbel (the proposed developer) on the future of the site.
5. Sign: the petition!
$875 is the application fee to file a landmark application with the City of Denver. Any funds raised over that amount will be used for flyers and other community awareness endeavors.