Consider the past decade’s influx of design geeks drawn to this southwest Denver neighborhood’s coveted, yet affordable 1950s houses. And the camaraderie among residents who share a love of restoring and preserving such mid-century modern gems.
It follows that Apartment Therapy, the popular online design magazine, recently dropped by Harvey
Park, and that this year’s Denver Modernism Show singled it out for an off-site home tour.
The neighborhood’s relatively new Facebook presence seemed a given.
Alongside this elevated profile in an area long dogged by the challenges of the urban melting pot, Harvey Park’s enduring neighborhood association is enjoying a renaissance.
“Being a young homeowner, I was very hungry to find people like me in the community,” says Julia Bourlakov, the new president of the Harvey Park Improvement Association.
The organization began in the 1950s after about 4,000 homes were built here in less than three years — built so quickly, in fact, that early Harvey Park lacked some basic amenities such as schools, parks or streetlights.
The neighborhood is bounded by West Hampden Avenue, South Sheridan and Lowell boulevards, and West Jewell Avenue.
Bourlakov is a mom and financial adviser who simply started knocking on doors when she wanted to get better acquainted with her neighbors.