3617 Osage Street, Denver, CO 80211-3059, 720.233.1503
House was established in November of 2003. Since then I
have been working hard to create a space particularly comfortable and inviting
for Argentine Tango dancers. As
surely as the tango found me, The Tango House found me too. Four different
realtors told me I could not get what I wanted for the price I wanted to pay.
One day motivated by who knows what, I went to Realtor.com and 3617 Osage
forced itself onto my screen. From that day to this, The Tango House lives and
grows with a life all its own. I am simply the steward, watching in amazement
while this wonderful venue takes shape.
that is now home to The Tango House was constructed in 1890, much
like tango itself. It is situated in the Highland neighborhood of North
Denver, the area of Denver traditionally settled by Italian immigrants, much
like Buenos Aires. More recently, North Denver has become home to a
largely Latino population. Spanish is the primary language for many of
the areas residents, just like Buenos Aires. With its history and
ethnic makeup, North Denver provides the perfect location for an Argentine
In 1890 the
building opened as The North Denver Mercantile Company. If you were a miner or
trapper in the area, when you "went into town for supplies" here is
where you would have come.
Circa 1920 the building and
business were purchased by three Italian brothers, the Cerrones. In 1982, 3617
Osage was designated an historical Landmark for its distinction
as the longest running grocery store in Colorado. It would remain Cerrone's Italian
Market until 1996 when the last Cerrone brother died and the building was
purchased by artists who converted the retail space to their studio. The
wall dividing the two adjoining townhomes was removed to create a single
urban flat with wood floors, brick walls and 12 foot ceilings.
House studio now occupies the 1600 square foot former retail space. What was
once the grocery store back room and butcher shop is now the 800 square
foot kitchen. With no wall between the studio and kitchen/dining room, and the
14 foot ceiling, The Tango House studio has a spacious but not
cavernous feel. Plenty of room to move but not so much as to feel lost in
space or isolated from the crowd.
tried, and by all accounts succeeded, at merging the best qualities of a night
club and house party together.