Kauffman House Museum, Grand Lake

4.7
Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
The Kauffman House is a rustic log house in Grand Lake, Colorado that functioned as a hotel from its construction in 1892 to 1973. It was built by Ezra Kauffman, a local prospector, trapper and builder of log structures who operated it as a hotel until his death in 1920 at age 71. It was then operated as a summer hotel by his widow and daughters until World War II.
The log structure is built of timber cut, sawn and hauled by Ezra Kauffman. The logs were sawn on three sides and left rounded on the outside. Inside walls were lined with metal and a muslin facing, with wallpaper pasted to the fabric in most rooms, with colored fabric left exposed in some rooms. Oilcloth was used on the kitchen walls and ceiling. The logs were laid on a stone foundation. Gables are finished in fish-scale shingles. The house featured an indoor water supply fed from a galvanized tank in the attic, which was filled from a hand pump at the lakeshore. Water was hauled by hand in the winter.
In 1946 the Kauffmans sold the house to Henry Rhone who operated it until 1973, when the Grand Lake Historical Society purchased the house for use as a museum. It is the only pre-20th century log hotel remaining in Grand Lake.
The Kauffman House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on November 21, 1974.
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  • Awesome historic account of pioneers, including a Mauser hair trigger rifle, authentic house right near beach  more »
  • Although we'd been visiting Grand Lake for years, this was our first visit to the museum. The volunteer on duty told us many interesting facts about Grand Lake and the museum. Definitely worth a...  more »
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  • My wife and I love to step back in time and see things how others would have seen it over a hundred years ago. Learning the history of the great lake and the Kauffman house family history was eye opening and was made 10 times better by the Vietnam vet that does the tour guide, he has so much enthusiasm for what he does and it is transferred to his guests. My wife and I learned a lot!
  • I was enthused to have a chance at another visit, the docent guiding the tour in front of me was beyond helpful. His knowledge of history here in the valley was astounding, and I took great interest listening to every word. His wife was unable to offer a tour, but we briefly jumped in with the one her husband was giving. She offered me an account of the Kaufman’s history first thing, and was ready to answer any pestering questions I had. The immaculate detail, and care for the restoration of history brought a warm smile to my face. I would highly recommend anyone visit, or volunteer if they have the chance.

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