Well my summer blogging event about celebrity homes has turned into a nod about Denver real estate both city close and mountain far. That’s ok with me though; Denver has such great real estate all over that it’s hard to not be curious about the history of the neighborhoods. I apologize that this post is a few days later than Friday.
This week, I’ve decided to focus on the Grant-Humphreys Mansion. The mansion is currently located at 770 Pennsylvania Street in Capitol Hill right behind the Boettcher Mansion and is registered with the National Registry of Historic Homes and is a Denver Landmark. The home is built with a Beaux-Arts style which intertwines elements of the Renaissance Period in Europe and the ancient world. The brick façade has terra cotta balustrades, balconies and large columns. In 1902 this home was completed with 30 rooms at a cost of $35,000! The name of the home is associated with two important people in Colorado history – James Benton Grant & Albert Humphreys.
James B. Grant was the third governor elected to the state in 1883 and was in office for one term before leaving and living the good life among Denver’s most wealthy and influential. He had the home commissioned to be built and he spent his final years hosting dances, dinners, and receptions. Albert E Humphreys was an entrepreneur that had several fortunes and losses in his life before building an oil company in Oklahoma. He purchased the home from the widow of James B Grant in 1917.
Today the home hosts many similar events; you can rent the home out for wedding receptions, dinners, fundraisers, etc. If you haven’t yet I suggest taking an afternoon adventure; park your car around Governor’s Park, stroll the edge of the tree lined sidewalk before stopping by and peeking through the gates of the Grant-Humphreys Mansion and then by Boettcher Mansion.
If you’re interested in the Capitol Hill area and are thinking about making a real estate purchase in this neighborhood, please contact me. I’d be happy to show you the around.
Check out the official website to learn more or book a tour! http://www.historycolorado.org/