Denver Temporary Agency Supports Colorado Governor’s Residence Preservation

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  • 11/19/13 |
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Denver Temporary Agency Supports Colorado Governor’s Residence Preservation

Denver, Colorado is ripe in history and our many historic buildings can probably tell stories that I would love to hear. One of those buildings is the Governor’s Mansion at the corner of 8th and Logan.

Each time I drive down 8th Avenue, I wonder, “Who is inside, is some deal being struck that might impact my life tomorrow, is anyone famous in the house right now (besides the current Governor, of course, although I have since learned he does not live there), and how on earth is this property being maintained?

Colorado Governor’s Residence aka Cheesman-Evans-Boettcher Mansion
The Governor’s Residence also known as the Cheesman-Evans-Boettcher Mansion is a formal, late Georgian Revival house. In answer to my question, “…how on earth is this property being maintained?”, all I knew was that the Residence today is state-owned, and there is no state budget for the long-term preservation, protection, and restoration of the home. Also, I understood that there was no public programming or the curation of the home's historical contents and treasures. Therefore, I was delighted to learn about the Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund (GRPF).

Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund (GRPF)
The GRPF was founded in 2008 established by Colorado’s First Lady, Jeannie Ritter to build on the work started by her predecessor, Frances Owens. The Preservation Fund was established to lead the continued preservation and stewardship of the 8th and Logan, Governor’s Residence at the Boettcher Mansion. The Preservation Fund helps provide funding for interior renovations, revitalization of the grounds and gardens, and constructing new meeting and kitchen facilities. Former First Lady, Frances Owens admirably prevailed to save the mansion's Carriage House and greenhouse from demolition.

21st Century Celebration – Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund
Hence, when J. Kent was invited to participate in the Nov.1, 2013 Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund (GRPF) event, J. Kent was pleased and honored to lend its support. Two hundred people attended for the opportunity to mingle with Gov. John Hickenlooper and former Govs. Roy Romer, Bill Owens and Bill Ritter.

I also had time to catch up with my dear friend of many years, Bob McNichols, and his wife who flew in from Phoenix for the event. Bob is the son of Governor Steve McNichols, the first family to occupy the Boettcher Mansion. What a fun, educational, interesting evening, especially when Bob shared some of his wonderful, childhood stories about living in the Governor’s Residence. He made all of us laugh, and I mean loud!

J. Kent Staffing’s Denver Non-Profit Involvement is Our Community Connection
Since 1979, J. Kent Staffing has been involved with the Denver non-profit community in a variety of civic engagements to include the International Institute of Education (IIE), Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation, the Gervasini Patient Library at St. Joseph Hospital, Cherry Creek Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Denver, 50 for Colorado, Colorado Private Industry Council, just to name a few.

Learn More!
Colorado Governor’s Residence – A Brief History

The Governor’s Residence, also known as the Cheesman-Evans-Boettcher Mansion
for its former owners, is a formal, late Georgian Revival house

The Governor's Residence is state-owned, the state tax dollars only cover the
safety and health repairs but there is not a state budget for the long-term preservation.


Source: www.coloradoshome.org, The Denver Post, by Joanne Davidson, 11/13/2013, Three Former Colorado Governors return to mansion for fundraiser, Wikipedia
 

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