Landmark Building History

Family Owned Since 1978

The Highland Building was purchased by George Reish and his family in 1978 and we are the third owner. Today, Highland Building is known as Landmark Building and is still family owned and operated. It’s hard to know how many local small businesses have occupied the Landmark Building over its 100+ year history but it had Hicks Dry Goods and Millinery, a barber shop, a bakery and soda fountain; even Doctors’ offices and prosthetic specialists around 1915. Since 1978 we have had restaurants, florists, bakers, antique shops, furniture stores and clothing stores to name just a few. We believe that small, local, owner-operated businesses are vital to the Highlands Square community and its many residents.

In 1980, The Small Business Development Centers Act helped empower the Small Business Administration to provide financial resources for small businesses. The Highlands Square commercial area was designated a “revitalization area” by the State office of Economic Development and with the help of Mayor Bill McNichols’ Office of Economic Development; small businesses in Highlands Square area could receive low interest loans, guaranteed by the SBA, and originated by the Central Bank of North Denver. This marked a transitional time for the neighborhood as investment was made and the neighborhood and its businesses organized to promote a cleaner and safer community. Mayor McNichols cut the ribbon at the Highlands Square Dedication in the Fall of 1982 – soon thereafter the three-term mayor lost the mayoral election to Federico Peña due in large part to the City’s poor response to the Blizzard of ’82.

During this time the Highland Merchants Association (HMA) was formed by Frank Passard of Speer Furniture, Margaret Sechler of Sechler Electric and George Reish of the Landmark Building. This organization and its members promoted the Highlands Square area and started the annual Highlands Street Fair. The first Fair consisted of a dance troupe, a clown tying balloon animals, one guitarist and the local Boy Scout Troop and a handful of attendees. It lasted about 45 minutes. Now every June, the annual street fair draws as many as 50,000 people and has live music, food, games, and booths becoming one of Denver's can't miss events.

The founding members of the HMA also formed the 32nd and Lowell Pedestrian Mall which was a self-governing organization that paid for and maintained consistent streetscapes and rules to maintain the aesthetic appeal of the area. This was the City’s first Local Maintenance District and preceded the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall which opened in 1982. The 32nd and Lowell Pedestrian Mall was later changed to a Maintenance Improvement District in 1992 which allowed for the City to assess property taxes on the commercial real properties to be used for the maintenance, repair and improvement of the Highlands Square streetscape.

Thank you for visiting our wonderful community. It is a terrific place to shop, dine, live, and work. Don’t miss the Highlands Farmers Market every Sunday morning from Spring until Fall and thank you for supporting our local small businesses!

The Reish Family

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