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Book examines Platt Park’s unique housing

Platt Park residents are continuing their promotion of The Pattern Book, an ambitious compilation of housing elements distinctive to the neighborhood.

The book, which was presented to the community on Sept. 9, includes photos and descriptions that the authors believe define Platt Park housing character. The book was compiled in the hope that builders and remodelers would be guided by the photos in making decisions on additions or development.

Platt Park is east of Broadway to South Downing Street and north of Evans Avenue to I-25. The preponderance of the 3,332 properties in the neighborhood was constructed prior to 1930 in Victorian, Hipped Cottage, Bungalow and Tudor Revival styles.

The Pattern Book lists the major characteristics of Platt Park homes as having front setbacks, detached garages, front porches and entrances, brick construction, raised basements, overhanging eaves, inset windows, narrow (20–30 feet) building widths, and one to two story heights.

The Pattern Book was compiled by Jim Lindberg of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. To see a PowerPoint presentation of the book, go to and click on Development.

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