Golden History: Historic Churches of Golden

Photo courtesy of the Western History Collection,
Denver Public Library

Downtown Golden used to have several old churches. There was a Baptist Church at 12th and Jackson Streets; a Methodist Church at 14th and Washington, a Catholic Church at 14th and East, a Christian Church at 10th and Jackson, Presbyterian at 15th and Washington, and Episcopal at 13th and Arapahoe. After World War II, most of the congregations built new churches away from downtown. Thanks to the Baby Boom, they needed more space, and thanks to the post-war romance with automobiles, they needed more parking space.

Two of the old church buildings survive. The Presbyterian Church is now Foothills Art Center. Only Calvary Episcopal Church is still serving its original purpose, with its original congregation.

For a listing of current churches, see Golden Places of Worship.

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