Old Globeville Days lends a view of the neighborhood’s past

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Father Kyrill Williams, head of Holy Transfiguration of Christ church. This Eastern Orthodox sanctuary is one of Denver's oldest and was once Globeville's cultural center point. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Father Kyrill Williams, head of Holy Transfiguration of Christ church. This Eastern Orthodox sanctuary is one of Denver's oldest and was once Globeville's cultural center point. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Today is the second day of Old Globeville Days, a celebration of the Eastern European immigrants who settled in Denver early in the city’s history. The event is at the Holy Transfiguration of Christ Cathedral and Argo Park, near 349 East 47th Avenue.

It wasn’t long after Globeville was founded in the late 1880s that the Holy Transfiguration of Christ Cathedral was built. Originally serving a community of Eastern European immigrants, the Eastern Orthodox church and nearby Polish Catholic St. Joseph’s have been lasting centers for these communities in Denver.

Globeville has been isolated from the rest of the city practically for its entire existence, according to the city’s neighborhood assessment. First girded by railroads and the South Platte River, the addition of Interstates 25 and 70 further segregated the little residential patch.

Eastern European dancers tap their feet during Old Globeville Days at Argo Park, July 16, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Eastern European dancers tap their feet during Old Globeville Days at Argo Park, July 16, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

As Denver grew, Eastern European families began to relocate and were replaced by immigrants from Latin countries. Today, about 67 percent of residents identified as Hispanic, 27 percent as white and 4 percent as black.

Even still, parishioners continue to travel into this tiny pocket of the city on Sunday mornings for church. Some things never change.

That’s true in another way too: Development projects still encroach on Globeville, like the Platte to Park Hill Stormwater Project and plan to widen I-70. Likewise, a letter from Holy Transfiguration opposing the original I-70 construction mirrors fierce activism around development and gentrification in the neighborhood today.

Maxine Ichikawa, a longtime Swansea resident, distributing information in protest against the slated expansion of I-70 as well as the Platte to Park drainage plan. Old Globeville Days at Argo Park, July 16, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Maxine Ichikawa, a longtime Swansea resident, distributing information in protest against the slated expansion of I-70 as well as the Platte to Park drainage plan. Old Globeville Days at Argo Park, July 16, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The one world Folk Dancers dance to traditional Polish music at Old Globeville Days in Argo Park, July 16, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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The one world Folk Dancers dance to traditional Polish music at Old Globeville Days in Argo Park, July 16, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Old Globeville Days at Argo Park, July 16, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Old Globeville Days at Argo Park, July 16, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Old Globeville Days at Argo Park, July 16, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Old Globeville Days at Argo Park, July 16, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

A pig on a spit during Old Globeville Days at Argo Park, July 16, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

A pig on a spit during Old Globeville Days at Argo Park, July 16, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Mike Krieger takes his granddaughter Graceyn Rose for her second dance during Old Globeville Days at Argo Park, July 16, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Mike Krieger takes his granddaughter Graceyn Rose for her second dance during Old Globeville Days at Argo Park, July 16, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Old Globeville Days at Argo Park, July 16, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Old Globeville Days at Argo Park, July 16, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Eastern European sweets for sale at Old Globeville Days in Argo Park, July 16, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Eastern European sweets for sale at Old Globeville Days in Argo Park, July 16, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)