History of The Community at Franklin Park
Located in the heart of downtown Denver, The Community at Franklin Park has a long and interesting history. The building where the health center now stands was originally built in 1895, and for the next 40 years served as a homeopathic institution. In 1935, as the city grew, Howard E. Lamb and Associates took over the business, which included some renovations, and in March of 1940 opened the Lamb Memorial Hospital, a non-profit corporation. The hospital was in operation for many years before ownership transferred to Baptist Home Association of the Rocky Mountains. In June of 1976 the Association held a ground breaking ceremony for the new addition to Park Avenue Baptist Home, which offered skilled nursing services for 95 and 7 assisted living apartments.
Several years earlier, in 1972, The Residences at Franklin Park opened next door to the Health Center which allowed the community to share amenities and services. The Residences at Franklin Park was developed as government HUD Subsidized Housing to provide safe rental housing for eligible elderly and persons with disabilities. In 2008, the ten story, 92 unit complex was entirely remodeled by American Baptist Homes of the Midwest (ABHM). The apartments now feature energy efficient appliances with balconies and some of the best views in Denver. In addition to the apartment upgrades The Residences provide residents a comforting sense of security with an intercom entry system, video surveillance, night time security.
Together the campus offers a number of amenities, but one we are particularly proud of is the recent addition of our new fulltime chaplain, Dave Stuht. As the chaplain Dave provides spiritual guidance to residents and staff in both our apartments and the health center. Residents and family members can take advantage of Sunday worship services, devotions and bible study time, or turn to Dave for individual spiritual guidance. We are blessed to have Dave as a part of our family.
Today, 122 years after the original homeopathic institution opened to serve the people of Denver, the Franklin Park Health Center building may look different, but the tradition of service continues by providing 65 skilled nursing beds and recently remodeled 21 bed secured memory care center, both of which take Medicaid for those who qualify. We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful campus and I encourage you to come visit us or call for a personal tour, 303-832-9323.