Doors Open Denver to Make a Stop at the Matthews-Gotthelf Mansion

Copy of photoStop by the Matthews-Gotthelf Mansion from 10-4 at 26th and Champa in Denver’s Curtis Park Neighborhood.

Doors Open Denver (DOD) 2013, is a free, city-wide annual celebration event that opens doors to Denver’s exceptional built environment. DOD 2013 brings you into celebrated buildings and neighborhoods that are “uniquely Denver” to raise your awareness and excitement about great design. The weekend is all part of Architecture Month in Denver welcoming a diverse audience into distinctive examples of architecture, engineering and design, both historic and modern.

The Mathews-Gotthelf Mansion is a two-story Second Empire style building and contributes to both the Curtis Park National Register Historic District and the Denver Landmark District, which is made up of over 500 homes. The Curtis Park neighborhood has a rich history, beginning with the introduction of the railroad into Denver. Curtis Park’s wide and tree-lined streets were an easy fit for the city’s first horse-drawn streetcar, making the neighborhood Denver’s initial streetcar suburb. The large homes of Curtis Park were all built between the 1880s and1890s. During this time, the prosperous merchants of the new city quickly developed the area, establishing a period of significance for the neighborhood and the Mathews-Gotthelf Mansion.

Colorado Preservation Inc. purchased the Mathews-Gotthelf Mansion in 2007 with the intent to restore its exterior and resell it, and is available to assist a future owner with rehabilitating the Mansion’s interior for use as a single-family residence and/or office. It is our hope that this Mathews-Gotthelf Mansion multi-phase project will ultimately serve as a state model to illustrate how historic preservation, historic rehabilitation tax credit syndication, and a public/private partnership can make economic sense and revitalize historic neighborhoods such as Curtis Park.

The exterior restoration of the Mansion has been completed; work completed to date has included removal of all exterior paint, restoration of exterior masonry, window restoration, and reconstruction of the wood cornice and mansard slate roof. Community feedback so far has been positive and the project was recently awarded the “Best Rehab Project” by Denver’s Westword magazine in March 2009. We also held a volunteer work day in August 2010 to “deconstruct” some of the interior alterations.

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