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University Boulevard was just a dirt road and Cherry Creek was farmland when a recently listed Wash Park mansion property was given to a Colorado governor’s daughter.
Agent Cheryl Shaul is listing a 8,400-square-foot, three-story Tudor on 1.3 acres at 2301 E. Alameda Ave.
“No other property in this community … has this size of a lot. It’s all landscaped and absolutely stunning,” Shaul said.
In the 1930s, John Evans, second governor of the Colorado territory, gave the estate on which the house stands to his daughter Alice Evans and her fiancé Hudson Moore Jr. as a wedding present. The property was divided into five separate properties in the 1980s that now make up a gated residence on the southeast corner of Denver Country Club.
The residence was designed by Fisher and Fisher, the architects behind Denver’s Clocktower building and the Phipps mansion. Among the home’s interior features are an extensive wine cellar, original woodwork, an old bank vault and an elevator.
“Can you imagine an elevator in that time period?” Shaul said. “It was really something that only the privileged had.”
In 2013, she said, the home went through an expansive renovation by Denver-based Ruggles Mabe Terrell Architecture, including new electrical, plumbing, lighting, floors, cabinetry and plaster. 2301 East Alameda Ave. LLC purchased the home from Steven Demby in 2013 for $2.83 million, according to property records.
Outside the home, landscape architect Vogel and Associates modeled the yard and gardens after the Denver Botanic Gardens.
“It’s one of those properties that’s iconic,” Shaul said. “Hopefully someone will move there that will continue the historical preservation.”