On Wednesday, May 20th, the Office of Community Planning and Development provided an update on their current efforts to protect the Bosler House:
In an effort to ensure the rehabilitation and preservation of the historic Bosler House at 3209 W. Fairview, the city of Denver has filed an action to foreclose on the property and appoint a receiver.
The 1875 building, designated a Denver historic landmark in 1984, has been in disrepair since 2009, with the roof open to the elements. Attempts to work with the owner to bring the property into compliance with city maintenance and preservation requirements have not been successful, and the property has amassed $560,000 in liens.
The Bosler House is an individually landmarked structure -- one of only 332 in the city. It is significant not only for its Italianate architecture but also for its history in the development of Denver and its association with Ambrose Bosler and W.H. Yankee, two early settlers of the West Highland area of Denver. It and the other individually landmarked buildings are considered irreplaceable.
The city has asked the Denver District Court to appoint a "receiver" to act temporarily as a property manager and caretaker of the house. Appointment of the receiver will allow the city to move forward with a historic structure assessment, funded by a History Colorado grant. A historic structure assessment is performed by an architect or structural engineer and results in a report on the building's physical condition. The assessment will help the city and any future owner make informed decisions regarding future restoration.
Historic Denver will continue to provide updates on this situation as the city moves forward with the process. We look forward to the results of the Historic Structure Assessment which can now be completed.
Further information on the Bosler House can be found below:
The Bosler House is an individually designated local landmark located at 3209 West Fairview Place. Since 2009 the home has suffered from exposure to the elements due to an open roof that threatens to cause additional damage. Finding a resolution to the situation has been challenging, but Historic Denver continues to communicate the importance of this property and its preservation to the City & County of Denver.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and to the Denver Landmark Commission by e-mailing email@example.com and indicate your support for immediate action to address the threat created by the property's exposed condition and to express your desire to see this property properly protected and preserved.