Developing a Vision for an Historic Landmark
With the general guidance to create a place that celebrates the heritage of the region, provide a venue for public and private celebrations and renew a 100-year-old building to welcome guests, the design team went to work. Although the Mansion was a hybrid of styles, materials and time periods, there was much that visitors appreciated as distinctive and reflected the history of the emergence of Denver as the center of ranching, mining and business for the Rocky Mountain region.
After the initial discovery period revealed more about the condition of the building, a concept was created to preserve much of what existed on the west side of the Mansion, described by some as the memorable part of the estate. The eastern end of the Mansion required extensive repair and reconstruction. New facilities necessary to accommodate visitors and guests could be folded into the building most efficiently and creating the least disruption.