A new letterpress museum is opening in the South Denver community within the next year at the old historic depot. The owner of ‘Now It’s Up To You Publications,’ Tom Parson has a phenomenal collection of old type and printing machines and plans to open the museum soon with help from the Colorado Historical Foundation.
The 99-year-old depot building can be found at 675 West Dartmouth Avenue, and is being restored to its original architecture. Parson’s goal is to be a living museum, allowing visitors to handle the old printing and type equipment – some even dates back to the 19th century.
“We want to make something here that will be used that has meaning to the community,” Parson said in the Denver Post article.
A lot of time and money has been going into the restoration of this historic Denver building. Parson has been working night and day to fix various problems around the place, and tries to stay focused on the positive results. He recently spent time fixing the roof and still needs to work on installing a fourth wall in the basement. According to the article, Parson said, he and his wife have already put down $100,000 toward the work, but he anticipates it will take $400,000 total to get the building ready.
The new letterpress museum is set to open in less than a year. There has been help from other organizations, along with the Englewood Historic Preservation Society. After all is said and done, the museum could attract more tourism and business in the South Denver area.