Lakeside Amusement Park is a historical time-capsule treasure, located in it’s very own city, Lakeside, CO, bordering Denver, Wheatridge & Arvada. It is one my favorites places in the world!
The Tower of Jewels, shown above, is now 100 years old and is built in the original Beaux Arts style from when the park was first created by Denver brewer Adolph Zang and friends in 1908!
Many cities across the nation created their own local versions of the 1893 World Exhibition and Fair of Chicago, all dubbed White City. They were all painted white
and covered head to toe in electric light bulbs, which would have been quite a sight
in that era!
But what makes Lakeside great is that is was purchased in the 1930s
by Benjamin Krasner, who then updated the park in elaborate
Art Deco & modernist styles which continued through to the 1960s.
It is amazing that this Krasner family still owns the park today and
has left the historical beauty of this park intact!
The ticket booths, the signs, the lettering are a treasure trove of
beautiful modernist designs.
Many of the late-1940s & 1950s era designs are by important
modernist architect Richard Crowther.
Richard Crowther designed some beautiful modernist homes around the Denver area, along with the Cooper Cinerama Theatre on Colorado Blvd.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The Crowther House (401 Madison St), a gorgeous Cherry Creek modernist masterpiece, seems to be in constant danger of being scraped!
This is absolutely ridiculous, considering it is one of the most impressive buildings of it’s type in the state, on par with the Flying Saucer House in Gennessee, or the Mushroom House in Boulder!
Lakeside has an original Eyerly Aircraft Company Satellite ride!
Eyerly Aircraft Company also created the Loop O-Plane, the Roll O-Plane, the Rock O-Plane, & the much loved Octopus!
Even small gardening features at Lakeside look wonderful.
And Lakeside has plenty of shade from the hot Colorado sun. Look at this wild shade roof located in front of the Satellite.
This beautiful ghostly skeleton appearing through the trees is the original
Staride Ferris Wheel, from the old White City days.
Though this ride will probably never be restored, we can all thank the Krasner family for leaving it intact for those of us in later generations to appreciate!Bookmark at:
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