Center for Colorado Women's History, Denver

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History Museum · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
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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. 
    Fascinating look at a turn of the twentieth century family. Being able to have family belongings remain more or less intact is amazing.  more »
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  • Loved the tour. Make sure you book your tour. Very helpful and knowledgeable staff.
  • Our tour guide was so knowledgeable about the family history and items in the house which is beautifully maintained.

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