The Country Club home built by one of Denver’s early visionaries sold last month for $3.6 million.
Mayor Robert W. Speer lived at 300 N. Humboldt St., a 4,280-square-foot house perched on a corner lot, during his time as mayor of Denver in the early 20th century.
Stepping off his wraparound porch, Speer could have strolled through many of his achievements in public office: Through Country Club, one of the neighborhoods whose contours he helped define, across the thoroughfare bearing his name, and perhaps down to the Cherry Creek, which he had sought to turn from a sewer back into a stream.
The sale, recorded Feb. 7 in Denver property records, was not listed in real estate listings.
According to Denver property records, the seller is Karanina Kristiana Sohn Revocable Trust, which purchased the property in 2009 for $2.3 million. The buyers are Michael Bradford Moss, Jennifer Sarti Moss, Dennis A. Sarti and Sonia Sarti.
Speer was elected mayor in 1904, serving eight years and winning the office again in 1916. While seen by opponents as a political boss guilty of using patronage and cronyism to build influence, Speer’s legacy in Denver includes several city parks and public works projects, many modeled after European architecture.
Speer’s own two-story house, with a white-painted brick exterior and five bedrooms inside, was designed by Albert J. Norton and Willis A. Marean. They were the architects who would sketch another project championed by Speer, The Greek Theater in Civic Center Park.
Speer did not live to see all his building projects come to be. He died of pneumonia at 63, during his second term as mayor in May 1918, in his home at 300 Humboldt St.
Since his death, Country Club has attracted other politicians. The document nominating the neighborhood for the National Register of History Places in 1979 noted that Gerald Hughes, a United States senator, and John Love, a Colorado governor, each took up residence in the neighborhood once occupied by Speer.