There are many lovely and historic homes, hotels, and buildings to see in the downtown Denver area. The Governor’s Residence and two historic homes-the Molly Brown House and the Byers-Evans House and Museum can be toured. A look through the Brown Palace Hotel is also provides the visitor a glimpse back in time.
1. The Governor’s Residence
The Governor’s Residence at the Boettcher Mansion is located at 400 E. 8th Ave. in downtown Denver. The Georgian Revival style house made of red brick was built in 1908 as a private residence, and has served as a Governor’s residence since 1960. From the grand entry hall to the fine artwork and ornate furnishings, the mansion is filled with impressive sights. A favorite is the semicircular sunroom that overlooks a small park. The Governor’s Residence is open for free scheduled tours every Tuesday from June 11th through August 20th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.
2. The Molly Brown House
The Molly Brown House, located at 1340 Pennsylvania Street, was home to Margaret Brown. A well-known philanthropist, she was more popularly known as “the Unsinkable Molly Brown because she was a survivor of the Titanic disaster. The Queen Anne home with its distinctive lion statues out front was built in 1889. The home has been restored to the 1910 era, and includes exhibits about Molly Brown’s life. Saved from demolition in 1970, the house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Tours run every half hour Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am through 3:30 pm, and Sundays starting from 12:00 pm. The admission price for adults is $8.00, with discounts for seniors and children.
3. The Byers-Evans House and Museum
This historic home located at 1310 Bannock, was built in 1883. First owned by newspaper publisher William Byers, in 1889 it was The sold to the Evans family. An interesting aspect to the home, which has been restored to the early 1900s time era, is that it has most of the original furniture owned by the Evans family. The admission fee for adults is $6.00 with discounts for seniors, students and children. The admission is worth the price of the guided tour. Tours run Mondays through Saturday starting at 10:30 am, with the last tour at 2:30 pm.
5. Brown Palace Hotel
This historic hotel is located at 321 17th Street. Built in 1892, the Brown Palace is the second oldest still-operating hotel in Denver. It can be recognized by its unique triangular shape, which was designed by architect Frank Edbrooke. The hotel has had many famous guests throughout the years from Molly Brown to The Beatles. A number of presidents have also stayed there, including Roosevelt and Bill Clinton. The hotel is also known for the shootings that occurred there in 1911 by Frank Henwood, who killed a rival for a Denver socialite’s affections, as well as an innocent bystander.
These are some of my favorites that I have visited in downtown Denver.
The Governor’s Residence at the Boettcher Mansion
Historic House Museums in Colorado