Live at a central historic landmark amidst the allure of neighborhood taverns, craft breweries, vintage clothing stores, unique eateries, bookstores, art galleries, ethnic restaurants, craft shops, and hip live music venues, plus transportation options to make a plan out of your every idea. Originally the First Avenue Hotel in 1907, The Quayle apartments now welcome residents to the pinnacle of South Broadway. Stay classic with South Broadway staples— like the Art Deco Mayan Revival styled Mayan Theatre across the street, attracting movie-goers since 1930 and currently featuring independent films and foreign language cinema. Embrace the rich character of historic homes and buildings a few blocks away in the Baker Historic District, or venture a little further south for treasures throughout Antique Row. Around the block, Denver Fire Station 11 has maintained since 1936 and is now the city’s second oldest active station. Less than a mile south, 1930s urbanites frequented the Blue Bonnet Cafe, originally owned by a Texas-born family, now serving 21st century customers diverse Mexican dishes after ownership moved to the Mobell family in the 1960s. Up north, the Denver Health Medical Center remains at the same site since its origins as County Hospital in 1873. With every amenity in reach, Broadway Light Rail Station and bus line access, plus Broadway’s protected bike lane assurance, you’ll find you’re right where you need to be— where North Broadway meets South and past meets present.
Now an organic cultivation of businesses and historic landmarks, South Broadway was once just a path, moving produce from Englewood to Denver in the 1870s. As the story goes, Irish immigrant Thomas Skerritt pulled a log behind his wagon to make the roadway broader, giving this crucial passage its modern-day name. From hosting horse drawn trolleys, to cable cars, to the first electrified trolley line introduced to Denver, South Broadway has been a bustling transit hub long since before it was officially named and designated as a roadway by the City of Denver in 1898. On this great thoroughfare, architect Charles Quayle designed and the Fleming brothers built the First Avenue Hotel, opening in 1906 in the heart of Denver. Today, The Quayle proudly stands in the very essence of South Broadway. Linking downtown Denver with residential neighborhoods, this area continues to evolve both as a prevailing historic community and a vibrant social scene.