National and State Register

Sunken Gardens

Denver County

The gardens are both a neighborhood park and an embellishment for Speer Boulevard.  George Kessler and Saco R. DeBoer both had a hand in the design executed in 1909-11.

A black and white photo of the park with leafless trees in the foreground, snow on the ground and evergreen trees in the distance.

Sunken Gardens

The park incorporates many of the key conventions of late 19th century and early 20th century park design, including an informal forested vale which merges into an open, symmetrical space which in turn functions visually as a formal manor house, garden-like setting for Denver’s West High School.  The property is associated with the Denver Park and Parkway System Thematic Resource.