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University of Denver Real Estate Records

Identifier: U184


The University of Denver Real Estate records contain property inventories, planning and management documents, and the title documents and abstracts of the real estate owned at any time by Colorado Seminary or the University of Denver. It includes the real estate documents of Central City Opera and Colorado Women's College, as well as interests in oil and gas properties. The records also include documents related to properties gifted or willed to the University that were sold by the University.


  • 1886-2012


Biographical / Historical

The real estate records of the University begin with the transfer by John Evans of the property on Arapahoe Street that was the original Colordo Seminary building. There are records for the other downtown properties, including the Haish Building, the University Building, the First National Bank Building and the buildings that constituted the Civic Center Campus, i.e. Business Administration and Law.

The University Park campus deeds include the transfer from Rufus ''Potato'' Clark to the University which was the basis of the current campus. Over the years the University acquired and disposed of many properties in the vacinity of the University Park campus and Observatory Park, mainly in the subdivisions of University Park Amended Map and Evanston Third Filing.


20 Linear Feet (21 containers)

Scope and Contents

The University of Denver Real Estate Records contain the title documents relating to the property owned by the University. There are property lists and inventories. The records include abstracts of title as well as original deeds and conveyances, including several from John Evans and Rufus Clark. The properties include the University Park Campus and surrounding properties, the Civic Center Campus and downtown properties, the Park Hill Campus properties acquired when Colorado Women's College merged into DU in 1982, and the Central City properties held by DU for the benefit of the Central City Opera Association. Other real estate includes properties gifted to the University and oil, gas, and mineral interests donated through the years.


The Real Estate Records are organized in five series.; 1. Property Lists and Inventories.; 2. Property Administration.; 3. Property Management.; 4. Real Estate Documentation.; 5. Oil and Gas Properties.;


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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

2150 East Evans Avenue
Denver CO 80208
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