Bonnie Brae, who’s name means “Pleasant Hill” in Gaelic, was designed by George Olinger in the 1920′s to reflect the natural topography and beauty of the site. Rather than utilizing the standard grid system, Olinger designed Bonnie Brae with curved streets and a circular central park. The original stone pillars are still present at the entrance of the neighborhood on Tennessee and Kentucky Streets.
Bonnie Brae is a small neighborhood, containing only 700 homes, that is rich in history. It’s residents are within walking distance to many restaurants and businesses along University Blvd. Construction of homes boomed after the Great Depression and many of the homes in Bonnie Brae reflect the revolutionary International and Art Moderne styles of the time. The International style focused mainly a structure’s function with the general idea that “less is more” while the Art Moderne style utilized classic elements in new ways by emphasizing horizontal lines and softening angles with curved corners.
- Boundaries: Exposition Ave (north), Steele Street (east), Mississippi (south) and University Blvd (west)
- Red Door Recommends: Bonnie Brae Ice Cream (University & Ohio) and the Saucy Noodle (University & Exposition)
- Walkability/Transit Score: 65/36
- School District: Denver Public Schools
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