Local author looks at Denver’s lost buildings in latest book


Local author Phil Goodstein believes that many Denverites like the city because of its diversity.

“Denver is our residence,” Goodstein said. “We had to care for it as we care for our home. By grasping the nature of the city, locals can better understand it and shape it to fit their needs, wants and aspirations.”

Goodstein, who is a Denver native and resides in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, has been writing and getting his work published since the 1970s. His first book about Denver came out in 1984, and today, Goodstein is the author of more than 25 books about Denver, including, “Denver Civic Center: The Heart of the Mile High City” and “Spirits of South Broadway.”

His latest book, “The Denver that Is No More: The Story of the City’s Demolished Landmarks,” came out in May. The book is about 330 pages, and is well-illustrated with photographs of lost buildings — and some then-and-now comparisons.

Goodstein hopes readers are able to get a grasp of the city’s past, he said.

“We then have a better understanding of the present,” Goodstein said. “And when we understand the present, we then have the ability to shape the city into something we want — rather than being the victim of something shaped by outside sources.”

Q&A with Phil Goodstein, author of “The Denver that Is No More: The Story of the City’s Demolished Landmarks”

What makes Denver an interesting topic for you to write about?

Beneath the gloss of a rather sterile, sports and marijuana-dominated city, is a community that is a microcosm of urban America. It reflects what the country’s experience has been all about since its founding around the time of the Civil War. Given my location in the Mile High City, it has the best resources for me to focus upon in trying to understand the American and human experience.

Why do you think local readers enjoy learning and reading about Denver?

While transients are satisfied in staying in sterile, virtually identical hotel rooms as they come and go, life is more than simply a job. An appreciation of a neighborhood, architecture, scandal and a sense of location give meaning to the lives of those who have grown up in Denver, in addition to those who have chosen to call it their home.

What inspired you to write “The Denver That Is No More?”

The book is something of a summary of my previous writings about distinctive Denver neighborhoods. It is also a capsule history of the community. Remembering what we have lost allows us to treasure what remains, and act to assure that we leave behind a fruitful heritage.


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