Colorado Governor's Mansion, Denver

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The Colorado Governor's Mansion, also known as the Cheesman-Boettcher Mansion, is a historic U.S. mansion in Denver, Colorado. It is located at 400 East 8th Avenue. On December 3, 1969, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It is open free-of-charge for scheduled tours, and also hosts special public events.
This building is located in Denver on the southeast corner of 8th Avenue and Logan Street. The exact address is 400 E. 8th Avenue. The Governor's Mansion is also known as the Cheesman-Evans-Boettcher Mansion for its former owners.
The building was built in 1908 after a design by Denver architects Willis A. Marean and Albert J. Norton. The house was originally built as a residence for the widow and the daughter of Denver real estate tycoon Walter Scott Cheesman.
The mansion was designed to accommodate two families. On November 8, 1908, Cheesman's daughter, Gladys, married John Evans II, the grandson of John Evans, the second territorial governor of Colorado. The widowed mother and young couple lived together until the birth of the Evans' first child, after which they relocated. On January 2, 1923, Alice Foster Sanger Cheesman died.
Claude K. Boettcher purchased the mansion on February 23, 1923. Boettcher was the head of a financial empire that eventually included sugar, livestock, cement, potash, steel, securities, utilities, and transportation. Boettcher was famous for his lavish parties which included President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952. Boettcher died on June 9, 1957, and his wife in 1958.
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  • The Colorado Governor's Mansion, also known as the Cheeseman-Boettcher Mansion, also known as the Boettcher Mansion, is a historic mansion in Denver, Colorado, that exceeds the expectations that citiz...  more »
  • We really wanted to tour the Governor's Mansion, but it's only open at very specific times of the year and August wasn't one of them. We did peruse the outside and enjoyed a walk by.  more »
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  • Walked here from downtown expecting a tour the week before Christmas 2018. Place was all locked up with some contractors doing exterior work. Blah. Walked around the block. A large park is behind the building. During the day, it appeared to have a large homeless population hanging out during the cold weather. If going, maybe call to ensure it is open. All I got was a good day hike.
  • Gorgeous architecture! Nice to see a piece of Colorado history in person. Only downside is that it definitely needs some TLC... missing tiles, worn floors, hodge bodge of furnishings and decor, awkward historical displays. Check out the Driehaus Museum in Chicago for a good example of a historical home that's been successfully turned into an intimate, upscale museum and private event space... if there's restoration plans in the works.

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