EVERY GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD DESERVES A GREAT FLAG
Flags are potent symbols with varied interpretations. A flag can represent an idea or an ideal. When well designed it is neither decoration, nor an object to be honored for itself. It is honored for what it represents.
Every great neighborhood deserves a great flag. Denver is a city of many unique and cherished neighborhoods. Residents are fiercely loyal to their neighborhood and are passionate about protecting them. In this time of rapid growth and change for our City, a neighborhood flag has the power to bring people together. This will be an ongoing and evolving quest and I would love to hear what you think or if you are interesting in collaborating. Follow the project and help me make Denver more colorful.
Each flag is designed using the North American Vexillological Association's guidelines for flag design:
THE FLAGS OF DENVER
This west side neighborhood is rumored to be named for the wives of the two original developers, Athea and Mary. First developed in the 1930's, this land on the banks of the S. Platte River was once celery farms and brick country homes. The blue chevrons represent the river, while the green and icon represent the areas agricultural legacy.
This west side neighborhood is named for P.T. Barnum who owned the 760 acres which make up much of neighborhood. While violating some of the flag design rules, an exception can be made in this unique circumstance in order to honor the history of the neighborhood's original booster.
This west side neighborhood is named for P.T. Barnum who owned the 760 acres which make up much of neighborhood. While violating some of the flag design rules, an exception can be made in this unique circumstance in order to honor the history of the neighborhood's original booster. Barnum was divided into two statistical neighborhoods in 1970 ßto create neighborhoods of roughly the same population at the time.
Bear Creek cuts through this southwest Denver suburban styled neighborhood, creating sweeping views to the west and convenient access to recreational opportunities. The valley created by the creek is represented in the flag, along with the waterway's namesake.
The neighborhood gets its name from the mansion of Lawrence C. Phipps who was a United States Senator from 1919-1931. The distinctive window pattern and the red brick facade of the Belcaro mansion are the inspiration for the flag.
Named after Berkeley Springs, WV, this neighborhood was mostly alfalfa and celery farms irrigated by Rocky Mountain and Berkeley Lakes. William Lang was commissioned to design the first 35 houses of the development of the nearly 1,500 acres of farm land. The flag features green stripes for this agricultural history, blue water, and white peaked gables seen on many of Lang's designs.
This project is a combination of two my obsessions, cities and graphic design.
As a City Planner, I worked everyday with residents throughout the City of Denver, who all have one thing in common: immense pride for their neighborhood. Yet, even residents of the same area have different visions for the future of their neighborhood, and in this time of rapid development in Denver, these differing ideals can tear neighbors apart. This project is an attempt to create a unifying symbol for neighbors. For more on flag design and its impact on civic pride listen to this.
The designs above, for the most part, adhere to the basic rules of flag design, or vexillology. The use of these design principles and other flag traditions have been used to create a consistent visual vocabulary . The individual designs were inspired by researching the history, social characteristics and architectural form of each statistical neighborhood. I do not pretend to be an expert in flag design, nor Denver history, but these are just my creative attempts.
Learn more about me and this project at www.stevenchester.com
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