Mile High Magazine 09/26/2021 Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund

Guest: Coco Criste Executive Director    The mansion was built in 1908 as a residence for the widow and the daughter of Denver real estate tycoon Walter Cheesman. Claude K. Boettcher purchased the mansion in 1923. After Boettchers died, the house was inherited by the Boettcher Foundation and they offered the house to the State of Colorado as an Executive Residence. The building needed a great deal of work, and its fate remained uncertain for nine months in 1959 as three agencies of the State rejected the offer. On the last day of 1959, Governor Stephen McNichols accepted the building as a gift to the state.  During COVID, the mansion has been used more than any other administration for state events and meetings.  The press conferences have also been held at the residence.  The preservation fund is actually what pays to keep the house maintained, 75% of the operating budget comes from grants and donations.  On October 2nd, they will be hosting the Colorado Masquerade Ball to help raise money for the preservation fund.  https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eiarpo5r916b339b&oseq=&c=&ch=

Published: Monday, September 27, 2021   |   Runtime: 14:11