Five Points is in the part of Northeast Denver where the downtown street grid meets the neighborhood street grid of the first Denver suburbs. The five points in the district name are the vertexes formed where four streets meet: 26th Avenue, 27th Street, Washington Street, and Welton Street.
One of Denver’s oldest neighborhoods, with block after block of Victorian homes mixed with luxury lofts and new housing developments, Five Points is one of the few historically predominantly African American-owned commercial strips in the country. Some have referred to the area as the “Harlem of the West” for its jazz history, where many of the greats, including Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, and more played at clubs like Rossonian and the Rainbow Room. The area was mentioned frequently in Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. The Stiles African American Heritage Center, The Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library and The Black American West Museum tell the story of the African American in the West. Restaurants in this neighborhood serve up some of the best Caribbean, soul food, catfish, and BBQ you’ll find anywhere. Five Points has always been a neighborhood with a diverse economic mix of residents, evidenced by the variety of houses there. Mansions were built next to row homes.