CONTACT Deep Dive: The Rossonian | Darrell Anderson

Artist: Darrell Anderson 30X40 Oil Paint

Darrell Anderson’s painting of the historic Rossonian building captures not only an iconic architectural landmark but also the vibrant essence of Denver’s Five Points neighborhood. The Rossonian, built in 1912 and originally named the Baxter Hotel, became a legendary jazz venue during the Harlem Renaissance of the West. This historic site welcomed jazz luminaries such as Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, and Nat King Cole, earning its reputation as the “Harlem of the West.”

Anderson, born and raised in Five Points, brings a deeply personal perspective to this piece. His intimate connection to the neighborhood and its rich cultural history is evident in the careful attention to detail and the palpable sense of community that emanates from the painting. The Rossonian stands not just as a building but as a symbol of resilience and cultural pride for African American’s in Denver.

Through his art, Anderson invites viewers to reflect on the significance of the Rossonian, not only as a monument of architectural beauty but as a beacon of the vibrant cultural life that once thrived within its walls. His work serves as a reminder of the neighborhood’s historical legacy and the enduring spirit of its residents. This painting is a testament to Anderson’s deep-rooted connection to Five Points and his commitment to preserving its heritage through his art.