DENVER (CBS4) – Each year, Doors Open Denver gives everyone access to some of Denver’s most historic buildings, including the Iliff Mansion, built in the University Park neighborhood of Denver in 1893. The event illuminates more than 50 unique spaces in Denver and offers 59 insider tours.
“Here on our left was the original drawing room, and this would have been the original dining room,” said Michelle Tuengel, who took CBS4 on a personal tour of the 18,000-square-foot mansion. It has 13 fireplaces, 99 windows and 25 rooms.
“This would originally have been an elevator shaft, the elevator that went from the third floor to the basement,” she said, pointing to a door in the hallway.
The elevator was taken out after a fire in 1910 that destroyed part of the house. During the fire, servants ran to rescue the books in the library.
“When the fire happened, they threw things out the window trying to save her, not knowing how badly the house would be damaged.”
Michelle works with Accelerated Schools, who turned the house into a school in 1967 when the entire block was purchased for $ 68,500.
“I don’t know of many other schools where you can have fireplaces and chandeliers in your classroom.”
She says she is always excited when the ward can appreciate the house she has worked in for the past seven years. She hopes to honor the history of the building and to keep the history and legacy of those who lived here alive for many years to come.
“As long as I’m around, I’ll keep her memory alive and help build this mansion to make it even better than it is today.”
This is the Denver Architecture Foundation’s 15th annual Doors Open Denver. The event will continue on Sunday.
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