Center for Colorado Women's History, Denver

#8 of 16 in Historic Sites in Denver
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · History Museum
This beautiful Italianate-style Victorian house was built for William Byers in 1883. Byers printed Denver's first newspaper, the Rocky Mountain News, on April 23, 1859. As editor, he used the paper to promote Denver and the Rocky Mountain West.

In 1889, just six years after its construction, Byers sold the house to William G. Evans, son of Colorado's second territorial governor John Evans. William was critical to the development of transportation in the state of Colorado. He served as president of the Denver Tramway Company, held interests in numerous railroad ventures, and helped develop the Moffat Tunnel, a 6.2 mile tunnel piercing the Continental Divide.

William Evans and his wife Cornelia raised their four children in the house. In 1981, the Evans family gave the house and 90% of its contents to the state of Colorado for use as a museum. It has been beautifully restored to the period between 1912 and 1924. Polished wood finishes, brightly patterned wallpapers, ornate mantels, and period draperies form a backdrop for a rich variety of Evans family furnishings.
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  • Fascinating look at a turn of the twentieth century family. Being able to have family belongings remain more or less intact is amazing.  more »
  • Great was tour that we enjoyed for its history, for the experience, and just a accompanied by a great tour guide. Highly recommended.  more »
  • This was actually pretty cool. Highly recommend. Very friendly staff and some great history!!
  • It was interesting to learn some of Colorado's history in seeing the beautifully preserved home that I never realized was right next to the Denver Art Museum....a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered. Three stars because parking is an expensive challenge downtown, and some of the tour guides are much more interesting than others.

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