Most of the antique light fixtures used, including the magnificent lobby chandelier, came from the mansion on the north end of the property, which was built by Alvin C. Dake in 1891. He had been active in gold mining in Breckenridge, was in the business of supplying charcoal to the smelters in Leadville. The now ghost town of Dake, not far from the present town of Jefferson on Kenosha Pass was named after him. The staircase in the rear lobby, the brass door hardware, the fireplace front, paneling, and back bar of the formal party room were also from this mansion. The large group of leaded glass windows in the pool room were once on the stair landing of the mansion.
The abstract of the land itself, on which the mansions were later built, contains several colorful names from Denver’s past, such as Moffat, Emery, Grant, and Wolcott. The area was known as “Quality Hill,” and Logan Street was known as Kansas Street.
We hope that visitors and residents alike at The Denver House will appreciate knowing the history behind it and will enjoy the restoration of these fine architectural accessories.
We express our appreciation to the Colorado Historical Society and the Research Division of the Denver Public Library, who were very helpful in assembling this information.