For Immediate Release:
Sept. 3, 2015

Clock Ticking to Save Home of Alfred Packer Lawyer and Last Pristine Queen Anne

Denver – A District judge recently lifted the stay on an application to preserve the former home of William W. Anderson, the lawyer for Alfred Packer and owner of the Queen Anne Style home in the then Town of Highlands. Historic Denver and hundreds of Denverites have joined with Preserve the Anderson House and are preparing to ask Denver’s Landmark Preservation Commission to designate the William Anderson house at 2329 Eliot St. as a historic Denver landmark.

“While some reporting has pitted this as an issue between the community and a homeowner, it is the developer who plans to demolish a cultural treasure that Preserve the Anderson House is pitted against,” said Jerry Olson, a Jefferson Park resident and Landmark Application applicant who is leading the campaign to save the home. “Adams Development can purchase the home whenever it chooses to. We are fighting to preserve this home with both the best interests of Denver and the current owner at the forefront of our concerns.”

Jefferson Park residents, including Olson and then City Councilman-elect Rafael Espinoza, were able to place an application for historic designation despite a deal between the developer, Nathan Adams, owner of Adams Development LLC, and an adjacent property owner that caused that property owner to pull his Landmark Designation Application at the last minute. Adams, along with the owner of 2329 Eliot sued Denver, but that suit was rejected by a judge who called the lawsuit’s language “more heat than light.”

The court had placed a stay on the Landmark Application’s hearing with the Landmark Commission until the case was ruled on. The stay has now been lifted and a Landmark Preservation Commission hearing set for Oct. 6, 2015 at 1 p.m.

John Olson (no relation to Jerry Olson) of Historic Denver, a non-profit tasked with helping to preserve historical and culturally relevant sites in Denver, explained that the Anderson House is an excellent example of Queen Anne architecture in the Jefferson Park neighborhood and represents a pivotal moment in the history of our city. He said that the home is deserving of landmark consideration by the Commission.

If the Landmark Preservation Commission and City Council approve the home for historic designation, development on the site can still take place; however, the designation will ensure that one of the characteristic cornerstones of a Denver neighborhood is retained to guide future change. In contrast, if the developer is allowed to bulldoze the 140-year-old historic treasure, the planned townhouses will serve as yet another headstone on the grave of Colorado’s past.

Preserve the Anderson House is currently collecting petition signatures at: https://saveandersonhouse.wordpress.com/petition-to-preserve-the-anderson-house/

“Hundreds of Denver residents support ensuring that both the home of a historic Denver resident and the retirement of a Denver homeowner remain protected,” said Jerry Olson. “We look forward to presenting the fantastic history and architecture of the home to the Commission and working with the owner to help ensure that he and Denver prosper.”

Please contact Jerry Olson at saveandersonhouse.org for further information.

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