Late art collector, philanthropist Ginny Williams’ Hilltop glass home listed at $4.5M

Caption: the mansion at 162 Cherry St. was built in 2002. Photos courtesy of Kentwood Real Estate.

The Hilltop home of the late Denver art collector and philanthropist Ginny Williams has hit the market with a price tag of $4.5 million.

The 6,658-square-foot property, which went on sale June 3, was designed by New York architect Michael Gabellini and built in 2002. Located at 162 Cherry St., the distinctive glass house sits next to Cranmer Park in the Hilltop neighborhood.

Williams died in September at 92, and the home is owned by her trust, according to property records.

Williams moved to Denver in the 1950s with her husband Carl, who passed away in 2015. Together, they became pioneers of the cable industry, which essentially originated in the metro area, and made their fortune.

The modern property was designed by New York architect Michael Gabellini.

She opened the Ginny Williams Gallery in Denver in the 1980s with the intention to create a contemporary art museum, but that never came to fruition, and it is now home to the Ginny Williams Family Foundation. Williams was a large donor to the Denver Art Museum and during her lifetime served on the boards of the Guggenheim Museum and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.

By the time of Williams’ death, she had assembled the largest collection of works by French-American artist Louise Bourgeois in private hands, according to ArtNet News. The publication said Sotheby’s plans to auction off 450 pieces from Williams’ collection, expected to go for more than $50 million in total. The main attraction is Joan Mitchell’s abstract expressionist Straw (1976), which is estimated at $5 million to $7 million.

Address: 162 Cherry St., Denver

Listing price: $4.5 million

Stats: The three-bedroom, four-bathroom home sits on a more-than-half-acre lot and has 4,700 square feet of open space above ground, plus a nearly 1,900-square-foot finished basement.

The finer things: William’s former home has sprawling walls meant for large artwork. The modern interiors feature a wide-open living area and study surrounded by top-to-bottom windows with views of the mountains, according to the listing.

“The location of this property is truly one of the best in the city,” listing agent Gina Lorenzen said. “It sits on one of the highest points in the city and the views of the Front Range are unsurpassed.”

The property features three gas fireplaces, a chef’s kitchen, dark stained wood floors and a glass staircase. It’s also complete with a three-car garage, a spacious recreational room and a large backyard for entertaining.

Seller: According to property records, William purchased the land for $750,000 in 1997.

Listing agent: Gina Lorenzen with Kentwood Real Estate DTC

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