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There are only 300 individually designated landmarks in the City of Denver?  The Bosler House is among this special group of properties that represent important aspects of Denver's past.

Bosler House


On July 8, 2010 Historic Denver sent a letter to Mayor Hickenlooper, as well as the Community Planning & Development Office and the City Attorney's Office, encouraging immediate action to protect the Bosler House, at 3209 West Fairview Place. The home is currently suffering from exposure to the elements due to an open roof that threatens to cause additional damage.

The Bosler House is one of the first and finest of the stately homes to be built in North Denver.  The house was constructed in 1875, the same year as the incorporation of the Town of Highlands which originally governed this portion of Denver.  It was built in the Italianate style at the West end of the current configuration of Highland Park by one of the Town’s Founders, Ambrose Bosler. It is significant not only for its longevity, but also for its prominent site, its design, and its association with three significant figures from Denver’s past.

The Bosler House’s first owner and its namesake, Ambrose Bosler, was a pioneer to the North Denver area and a key player in the Denver and Union Ice Companies. Its second owner, William H. Yankee, was a Civil War veteran and a prominent miner and mine owner in Colorado. The third owner of significance was Dr. John H. Tilden, who utilized the home as a part of a larger complex which incorporated the neighboring early twentieth century Colonial Revival Buildings as part of a Sanitarium. Dr. Tilden’s School for Teaching Health was a national model for a medical philosophy where patients cared primarily for themselves using dietary and hygienic methods.

The structure’s significance was recognized by the City of Denver in 1984 when it became an individually listed landmark. This early designation confirmed the long held belief that this house was an important piece of our City’s history.

Chapter 10, Section 1-38 of the Revised Municipal Code provides the City of Denver the authority to enforce appropriate care of this home, and even specifies that special attention should be paid to historical designated landmarks. Further, the code indicates that the neglect of a landmark by the owner is not cause for demolition of the structure.

Historic Denver continues to be concerned about this property and will advocate for its protection and on-going preservation. 

You can express your concern over this property directly to the Mayor's Office by e-mailing milehighmayor@denvergov.org and to the Denver Landmark Commission by e-mailing landmark@denvergov.org and indicate your support for immediate action to address the immediate threat created by the property's exposed condition and to express your desire to see this property properly protected and preserved.