Why Preserve the Historic Anderson House?
1. The Anderson House is a reminder of the Denver and state’s culture and heritage
The Anderson House at 2329 Eliot represents Denver’s rough-and-tumble, turn-of the-century past. An excellent example of Queen Anne architecture in North Denver, it was the home of William W. Anderson, an attorney who crossed paths with the outrageous founders of the Denver Post, “yellow journalists” H.H. Tammen and Frederick Bonfils. The three, in a heated argument, wound up in fisticuffs over sensational editorials about Anderson’s defense of Colorado cannibal Alferd Packer. Anderson, belittled and bruised, sought revenge by shooting both Tammen and Bonfils twice. Fortunately, he was a poor shot and both lived. Anderson was acquitted in his third trial when it was learned Tammen and Bonfils were indicted for attempted bribery of the jury with whiskey, women and $500. Preserving one of the last remnants of Denver’s historic past is important for the character of our community and a historic marker for the future.
2. The Anderson House’s significance will lead to financial gain for the owner
The two-story house is an excellent example of Queen Anne style architecture popular in Denver from the 1870’s to the 1890’s and a rare example in Jefferson Park. With its hipped roof and protruding gables, the predominantly brick home rises from a rusticated stone foundation with an arched window and a prominent front gable that accentuates an asymmetrical façade with a projecting front porch and decorative details painted in different colors. Built in 1886, the Anderson House’s style was popular in Jefferson Park. However, due to the depression and silver crash of 1893, smaller homes took their place. Today, without action, 2329 Eliot, the last pristine Queen Anne style home in Jefferson Park and its links to the past will fall prey to the wrecking ball.
Residents of Jefferson Park are asking the property owner to preserve his home for present and future generations and to sell the property to a developer interested in preserving the rich history and character of his historic Queen Anne style home instead of to a developer one who plans its demolition. By doing so, the owner will likely see a higher return on the sale, according to recent estimates. Because of this, Historic Denver and the District 1 Councilman continue to ask the owner to explore with them win-win development solutions for his property.
3. Demolition of the Anderson House is an irreversible demolition of our history
You cannot reverse demolition. Denver has lost too much of our character to the wrecking ball. Historic buildings if preserved tell the story, good and bad, of this city. Lost are the Tabor Grand Opera House, the Windsor Hotel, and the Mining Exchange Building downtown. Likewise Jefferson Park has lost the Zang Brewery, the Woodbury Mansion, churches, countless homes and the original Town of Highlands town hall. Please help preserve one of the last ties to our history and help maintain Denver’s character. Join with us to save the historic Anderson House for now and future generations.
For more information or to help preserve our past, please contact: Jerry Olson at SaveAndersonHouse@gmail.com.