Art: Denver Memorial

Upborne on one of Denver's first re- form waves, Mayor Robert W. Speer was re-elected in 1908 and promptly closed all the city's gambling houses. Of these the toughest, most renowned was the old Arcade at 16th and Larimer streets. The Arcade's owner, a Serb named Vaso L. Chucovich, contributed heavily to the mayor's campaign, remained his warm friend, grew rich in Denver real estate and on his death in 1933 left $100,000 for a Robert W. Speer memorial. Denver's wrangles over the execution of this bequest have been periodic art news ever...

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