Gotthelf Mansion to be saved by John Hayden
The Isaac Gotthelf Mansion at 907 26th Street, also known at 2600 Champa, has been purchased by Colorado Preservation Inc. This statewide preservation organization works to save historic structures that contribute to the cultural heritage of Colorado.
The Isaac Gotthelf Mansion is an outstanding example of Victorian Architecture. Situated on a prominent corner at 26th and Champa, the home occupies 5 city lots and has outstanding views of the Downtown skyline to the South.
The home was occupied from the 1880’s to the 1920’s by Isaac Gotthelf and his family. A prominent early Denver doctor and founder of the second Temple Emanual at 25th and Curtis, Isaac Gotthelf was well respected member of Denver Society.
When the Gotthelf family sold the home in the 1920’s it fell quickly into disrepair as did many of the large homes in Curtis Park. The home became a boarding house and had a number of unfortunate additions through the years. It has languished in disrepair while many of its neighbors have been restored. The neighborhood has anxiously awaited an owner who would be responsible enough to save this grand old home.
Enter Elizabeth Schlosser and Colorado Preservation Inc, whom, with the help of a Grants and donation, hope to restore the facade of the 5000sqft 8 bedroom home to it’s original grandur. Elizabeth, who was once a resident of Curtis Park and a member of the Denver Landmark Commission, contacted me in March saying that CPI would like to purchase the Gotthelf. Fortunately the timing was right and the current owner was willing to sell.
The once grand home will be open to the public for viewing during the Historic Denver Homes Tour September 9th and 10th. Anyone interested in early Denver History should come to Curtis Park to see this and many other great early Denver Homes.