Denver's Historic Italian District
Little Italy of Denver continues to be a place of historical significance for North Denver, also known as the Highlands or LoHi. What is known as "North Denver" just west of lower downtown has long been considered a diverse and thriving neighborhood in Denver. In the late 1800's North Denver was known as the first stop for many immigrants from Ireland, Italy, Mexico and other countries. In 1894, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church was dedicated in this section of Little Italy, as it was then known. With a rich Italian history, the majority of Italian families in Denver have roots connected to North Denver. With the center of the neighborhood located at approximately 36th and Navajo, this area became the focal point for the Italian speaking immigrants and the thriving Italian businesses. This large Italian population promoted Italian history and culture that is still experienced today. Unfortunately, in the mid 1960's the neighborhood lost much of its Italian heritage, with many Italians moving west and north to the suburbs. Although many Italians left the neighborhood, the Italian culture and heritage remained. Well, if you've not noticed, what we know as North Denver is changing again. It's time to get excited about the changes in North Denver and regain the Italian heritage and culture back into North Denver.