Denver Temporary Agency Learns History of Colorado Governor’s Residence

  • Posted by: J. Kent Gervasini |
  • 11/19/13 |
  • 10:31 PM
Denver Temporary Agency Learns History of Colorado Governor’s Residence
The Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund (GRPF) is a non-profit corporation. GRPF’s mission is to preserve the historic Governor's Residence at the Boettcher Mansion and bring it into full use and enjoyment for Colorado residents. Education Programs, public programs and events are statewide, inclusive and non-partisan.

In our recent blog, Denver Temporary Agency Supports Colorado Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund, I talked about the GRPF’s 21st Century Celebration event.  At the Nov. 1, 2013 event, two hundred people attended for the opportunity to mingle with Gov. John Hickenlooper and former Govs. Roy Romer, Bill Owens and Bill Ritter.  It was great to see them all together, having a good time and telling a few jokes.  So, how did this house at 8th and Logan, 400 East 8th Avenue to be exact, become the home of our Colorado first familes? 

Colorado Governor’s Residence - A Brief History
  • The house was built in1908 after a design by Denver architects Willia 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.
  • This building is located in Denver on the southeast corner of 8th Avenue and Logan Street. The exact address is 400 E. 8th Avenue.
  • 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. 
  • The house was inherited by the Boettcher Foundation. 
  • The foundation offered the house to the State of Colorado as an Executive Residence.
  • The building needed a great deal of work, and its fate remained uncertain for nine months in 1959 as three agencies of the State rejected the offer.
  • On the last day of 1959, Governor Stephen McNichols accepted the building as a gift to the state. 
1959 – January, 2011
The Governor’s Residence, also known as the Cheesman-Evans-Boettcher Mansion for its former owners has been the residence of Governors:
  • Stephen L. R. McNichols,
  • John Love,
  • John D. Vanderhoof,
  • Richard D. Lamm,
  • Roy R. Romer,
  • William Owens, and
  • William Ritter
  • Upon taking office in January, 2011, Governor John Hickenlooper and his family decided to maintain their private residence in Denver instead of moving to the Governor's Mansion.

Source:, The Denver Post by Joanne Davidson, 11/13/2013, Three former Colorado governors return to mansion for fundraiser, Wikipedia

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