A Mansion in Denver
The Keating Home from 1891
Mr. and Mrs. Keating built this home 126 years ago, in an area known as "Millionaire's Row". They built their splendid home with ruby sandstone, in the "Richardsonian Romanesque" style. I had to look that one up and I didn't absorb much. Let's just say, the cylindrical tower with conical cap, have something to do with that style.
A Rounded Porch
I adore any house or hotel with a good porch. But this one was extra fun, with it's curved, wrap-around shape.
Stone, Tile and Wood
Restored in 1994
After being a private residence, the mansion rooms were later used for hotel guests, office workers, apartment rentals and my favorite, "The Happy Home Convalescent Home". In the 1990's the building was purchased and renovated. The parlor shows much of the original detail that was saved. The maple window trim, marble fireplace and relief molding on the ceiling are all mighty impressive.
Looking down from the stairs also had a whimsical feel. What an odd little platform, built in the space of the round tower! I wonder how it was used originally?
She told me I could take a picture of her office if I wanted to. Then she scooted out of the way. I didn't ask about the teapot or the crucifix. I'd already annoyed her just a bit when I said I liked her chef's hat. She replied to that comment with a silly you tone, "Oh that's not a chef's hat. That's just my work hat." She was pretty adorable.
There were 8 guest rooms in the home. Ours was on the second floor, along with a few others, which opened up to a wide hall/sitting area.
The Forget-Me-Not Room
The odd shape of our room, made furniture placement a little tricky. Our queen, French Country canopy was angled into the center of the room.
The curved shape is more evident in the photo that shows the windowsill. The other photo shows a bit of a view of the garden patio, as well as a large mansion across the street.
This evening photo, shows Don wearing his tropical shirt, standing on the porch calling up an Uber driver. It was such a treat being so close to the city. We could have walked many places. We paid less than $10. for a ride to Adrift Tiki Lounge!
The dining room was empty in the morning, because when weather allows, breakfast is served on the patio. It was lovely in the morning and we had the pick of numerous tables when we arrived.
Our breakfast was served by someone who wanted to talk. She was in and out attending to us numerous times. Each time she stopped and chatted non-stop, pretty much about herself. If I could have gotten a word in edgewise, I would have asked more about the house history or Denver. But we learned about her history, her childhood, her likes and habits and talents etc. Don and I are travelers who love to engage with others. But there was no sharing of conversation. My suggestion is: Read Your Audience! If no one is asking you questions or making eye contact, it's time to retreat!
My New Year's Resolution for 2014 was to start documenting some of the memorable overnights I've had in some very odd and curious motels and hotels. Like the adventures in my Dining Blog, I have learned to enjoy the surprises that happen when you step out of the comfort zone, far away from the well-known chains.
I began with a few entries recalling my very first home away from home memories from my youth. Then, I started sharing about some of the quirky and unforgettable motels, hotels and inns that my husband and I have discovered in recent years.
The best part about this challenge was making some lists with Don and getting on the road in search of new overnight adventures. I gave myself a 2-year goal to write up 90 stories and the goal was met. Now we just keep on adding!