Located just a few minutes from Denver in beautiful Golden, Colorado, the Boettcher Mansion is a historical and cultural center perfect for a quick tour or hosting any number of social events. Spend the day at this historical landmark and its adjacent property, the Lookout Mountain nature center.
Architects Fisher and Fisher, from Denver, Colorado, were commissioned by Charles Boettcher to build this secluded retreat on top of Lookout Mountain in 1917. His intention was to use it as both a hunting lodge and summer home. He was 66 years old at the time and, having made a significant amount of money from his hardware business, he decided it was about time for retirement. It was listed on the registry of historical places in 1984 for its architectural and social status, which lead to it becoming its own separate entity in 1989. It was then that it became officially known as the Boettcher Mansion.
The main draw of the mansion is as a venue for special events, but they also offer a historical tour of the grounds.
Offered from 8am to 4pm, Mondays through Fridays (with the exception of most major holidays), the history tour of the mansion is self guided. Before visiting, make sure to call the staff to see if the grounds are open for visiting on the day the trip is planned. Due to how heavily the mansion can be booked, occasionally it will be closed to visitors and calling can reduce disappointment if this is the case on any given day.
Once guests arrive in the lobby, they should be sure to pick up a pamphlet filled with information about the mansion’s interior features, floorplan, and unique furnishings that they can reference while touring. If available, guests should also ask if there is a staff member who would be able to take them around the grounds. While not often the case, when they are available, this is an interesting and one of a kind tour.
The interior of the mansion is mostly intact, with the exception of an addition to the lobby that was made in 1986 and a remodel of the kitchen and storage areas that was done in 2007. Highlights of the interior include historically appropriate wallpaper patterns and paint colors, as well as a large collection of mostly re-issued Stickley mission-style home furnishings.
Groups wanting to tour the mansion can request a reservation for a more in-depth guided tour, which must be booked at least one week in advance of the visit. There is a small fee per person for this customized tour, which focuses more on the architectural and social significance of the historic landmark. Impromptu tours may also be available for a donation. Call the mansion for additional information and to reserve a spot.
While not all of the areas of the mansion are accessible for guests in wheelchairs, the lobby, Fireside Room, patios, Carriage House, and Meadow and Aspen rooms do allow access.
While visiting, make sure to check out the Lookout Mountain nature center, which offers a mile and a half of trails as well as over a hundred acres of nature, interactive exhibits and activities for children.
Weddings and social events are paramount to the social scene at the mansion. If considering the mansion for a special event, one of the first steps is to contact the staff to arrange a site visit. These visits include a tour, normally offered outside of normal operating hours, and staff access to ask questions. Requests forms can be filled out on site as well as online.
The customer service offered by the staff is unsurpassed, as is the maintenance of the grounds. Guests may hire the caterer and vendor of their choice to service their special event, but the mansion also maintains a list of preferred vendors.
Choose from the Carriage House, the Main House and Fireside Room, or the Gazebo. Fees vary based on room preference as well as date and time of the event. The staff is always happy to answer any questions that guests may have prior to reserving space at the mansion for their special event.
The gift shop at the mansion is a great place to pick up a unique reminder of the visit to the mansion. It carries a selection of art, books, jewelry, metalwork, textiles, and more. The proceeds help to support the operations of the mansion. It opened in 2008 with a collection of left over items from the arts and craft show hosted there. The gift shop seeks to be affordable, as well as to host as many local artists as possible.
Boettcher Mansion, 900 Colorow Road, Golden, CO, 80401, Phone: 720-497-7630