housestory 3: Oh, the Irony

I first saw this Colorado Springs home online, on housecrazy.

It looks so regal, this house of stone. I thought there must be a good story about the early owners.  

So here it is: the first owner of record for this stone sentinel, this monument to masonry, was none other than…..a lumber dealer!

While county records show the house as being built in 1895, the earliest mention of ownership is in 1902 for lumber man Henry C. Gill and his wife Jane. The couple lived in this house, and in Colorado Springs, for eight years, until 1910. They don’t seem to have had any children together. When they left this house on High Street, and Colorado Springs, they headed north to Denver where Henry worked as “landlord of a resort hotel.”

The house is currently for sale, and housecrazy has information from the listing, and photos of the interior posted.

For more housestory tales, check here.

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Resources:

Colorado Springs City Directory, 1892-1912 volumes.

U.S. Census Records, 1900-1920

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3 thoughts on “housestory 3: Oh, the Irony

  1. That is ironic – but those lumber guys were smart! There is a huge stone mansion here in Canon City (Gibson Mansion) built by another lumber baron and he deliberatly chose to build with stone because he made his fortune in lumber after the huge fire in Cripple Creek that destroyed all the wood structures! (Thanks for the mention & link!)

  2. Pingback: Colorado Springs stone show-stopper | housecrazy

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