Sonnleitner offered $1.1 million by Developer to Restore and Develop Anderson House and Site
Denver – Jim Sonnleitner, owner of 2329 Eliot (The Anderson House), chose to wait on signing an offer today with a developer for $1.1 million contract that would take effect if City Council votes to make the Anderson House a historic landmark. The offer would restore the home and develop the area around it. The offer amounts to $100,000 more than reportedly offered by Adams Development LLC, which plans to tear the home down.
The offer contradicts recent reported statements by Nathan Adams, owner of Adams Development LLC, that have said the home would likely be valued $300,000 – $400,000 less than his $1 million offer with the historic designation. It also puts Sonnleitner on firm footing for his future if City Council votes to preserve the Anderson House.
“Mr. Sonnleitner has said that he prefers to wait for the outcome of Monday’s City Council hearing before further addressing a backup offer for $1,100,000 in cash with no contingencies for the property at 2329 Eliot,” said Betty Luce, a broker associate with Nostalgic Homes working to broker the deal. “It is unknown if he will continue to oppose the historic designation in view of having received an offer higher than the current reported offer and that does not require a certificate of non-historic status. The buyer who submitted the offer is an experienced developer of attached housing and is well known for his work in restoring vintage properties in the neighborhood.”
The William W. Anderson House, owned by Jim Sonnleitner is the subject of an application to preserve the home as an historic landmark. Anderson was a well-known lawyer in 1900, who, during an altercation with reviled Denver Post publishers, Fredrick Bonfils and Harry Tammens, over the representation of Alfred Packer, shot the men in what was ruled self-defense. Subsequently during his trials he became the subject of written attacks by the Post, whose publishers bribed the jury against him. The result of this led to a grand jury investigation and the confessions of Tammen, the court magistrate and bailiff. These stories and ultimate reframing of Denver as a town emerging into law made the Anderson trials the talk of the nation.
More recently, nearly 400 residents of Jefferson Park, North Denver and the metro area have asked that the home be landmarked to preserve the home and its history. Denver’s Landmark Commission ruled that the home met all historic requirements and many opined that its story was significant to highlighting Denver’s rough-and-tumble past in the age of yellow journalism.
City Council will hear from the public and vote on the landmark designation of the Anderson House Monday, Nov. 16, during their weekly meeting at the Denver City and County building. Advocates will begin showing up at 5:30 p.m.
“We are excited by this recent development,” said Jerry Olson, one of the applicants for the landmark designation of the home. “We have said time and time again that there is a win-win-win solution, where the community, the owner and a developer can win. Now we have found it, and we hope that Council helps us achieve this solution.”