Estes Motel.
Estes Motel.

Estes Motel: 1950 Mini-Town

Field review by the editors.

Lakewood, Colorado

The Estes Motel, built in 1948, is a neighbor to several other vintage Art Moderne/Deco buildings that now stand along a fake main street in Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park -- a unique "pioneer town" that preserves buildings not from the Wild West, but from the mid-20th-century. The idea behind the park was that Lakewood hit its stride during the 1940s and '50s, when its Colfax Avenue was the main tourist route between Denver and the Rocky Mountains.

Peerless Gas Station.
Peerless Gas Station.

The Motel was moved here in 2010 and underwent six years of restoration before it could be reopened to the public for walk-thru tours. It joins other old businesses such as Ethel's Beauty Salon, the White Way Grill, and the Peerless Gas Station, which is scheduled to be the next one to reopen. Take a stroll and imagine what it was like to be on the road circa 1950.

Estes Motel: 1950 Mini-Town

Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park

Address:
801 S. Yarrow St., Lakewood, CO
Directions:
Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park. From CO-121/S. Wadsworth Blvd turn west at the stoplight onto W. Ohio Ave. Drive one block and turn left onto S. Yarrow St. You'll see the park ahead on the right, parking on the left.
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