J. Roger Musick-designed house becomes a Denver landmark

Published on January 25, 2021

6400 Montview Blvd

DENVER – Tonight, Denver City Council voted to designate the house located at 6400 Montview Blvd. as Denver’s 352nd local landmark. Built in 1936 in the Spanish Eclectic style of architecture, the house was designed and constructed by recognized architect J. Roger Musick and master builder Harry M. Bitman and is a prime example of a structure being locally designated for its outstanding design qualities.

Embodying the distinctive characteristics of a side-gabled subtype of the Spanish Eclectic style, 6400 Montview represents the only known Spanish Eclectic style residence designed by J. Roger Musick in the city of Denver. Other Musick designs that have been historically designated at the local or national level include, but are not limited to, the Bryant-Webster Elementary School at 3635 Quivas St., the Colorado State Capitol Annex at 1375 Sherman St., and the Howard Berkeley Park Chapel at 4345 W. 46th Ave.

Master builder Harry M. Bitman’s career in Denver spanned from 1928 to 1967 in residential real estate development and construction. He served as president of the Home Realty Company, was a founding member of Quality Home Builders, Inc., and formed the Bitman Construction Company. The house at 6400 Montview is a significant example of Bitman’s work in Denver.

One of only a few Spanish Eclectic style houses in the South Park Hill neighborhood, some of the most identifiable features for 6400 Montview include the asymmetrical façade, stucco cladding with decorative brick, a tile roof with multiple levels, and an elaborate chimney. The house stands out among the other large residences along the parkway, making it a recognizable and familiar structure in the South Park Hill neighborhood.

Download the staff report for more details on 6400 Montview Blvd.

Lean more about the landmark designation process at www.denvergov.org/landmark.