Windowless Denver Building Housed Vintage Porsches, Gold Mine of Automotive History

Classic automotive relics once stored in the otherwise unused buildings now decorate new businesses.

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A vintage Porsche collector owned a treasure trove of automotive history that now decorates Denver businesses. (Sebastian Gollnow/picture alliance via Getty Images)
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A stretch of three buildings in Denver once owned by a vintage Porsche collector to store his hodgepodge of historical automotive pieces — ranging from cars to car magazines —now houses new businesses decorated in motoring memorabilia.

A retired Denver eye doctor and Porsche enthusiast, 86-year-old Bill Jackson, once owned the block-long row of windowless, whitewashed buildings. After removing his collection of priceless cars, what was left behind amounted to all the conceivable possessions of a car enthusiast: “car parts, motor oil, an air compressor, leather-bound repair manuals with hand-drawn figures from the 1930s; film of a Porsche rally from Denver to Greeley in the 1950s (and) catalogued issues of Autocar magazine,” the Colorado Sun reported.

That collection of automotive history went from unused and all-but-forgotten in the mostly vacated buildings, to props and conversation points in the newly-renovated businesses that now reside on California Street in the Five Points neighborhood. Racing stripes line the walls that are covered in Porsche leather straps, metal car parts and oil-slick tiles at Solutions Lounge and Restaurant, an Escapology franchise and Wood Boss Brewing.

Though Jackson has not returned to the site, he seemed OK with what happened to his abandoned items.

“That’s appropriate,” he told the outlet.

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