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Genesee Mountain Park, Subdivision, and Office Park

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Exit 252 off I-70

The park is approached from I-70 via Genesee Overpass (1970, Frank Lunberg). The Colorado Department of Transportation engineer made this simple pillarless concrete bridge into a frame for a spectacular view of the snowcapped Continental Divide. Genesee Mountain Park (1914, Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., and others) was the first of some forty-five Denver Mountain Parks covering about 15,000 acres in Jefferson, Clear Creek, and Douglas counties. Best known as the home of Denver's municipal buffalo herd, Genesee Park is a ponderosa-clad landscape centered on Mt. Genesee. The park is now surrounded by a well-planned residential community and a small office park and shopping center. The one-story frame Oxley Homestead House (c. 1922), at Currant Drive and Genesee Vista Road, one-time center for a turkey farm, has became the community center for one of the first and best-known master-planned mountain subdivisions. Tight covenants outlaw groomed grass, fences, and individual mailboxes, while protecting native animals and plants.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


What's Nearby


Thomas J. Noel, "Genesee Mountain Park, Subdivision, and Office Park", [Golden, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 163-163.

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