Red Rocks Residential
This Denver home was built by the architect who designed the famous Colorado amphitheater
Photos by Teri Fotheringham Photography
A home in the historic Denver Country Club has an fascinating backstory dating back 90+ years. In 1926, the prominent Denver architect Burnham Hoyt masterfully designed the brick home at 380 Gilpin Street. Deemed as The Corner Chateau, the home has been updated with modern features but preserves its historical charm.
Hoyt was recognized for both his role in the revival of English Gothic and Spanish Baroque architecture and the Colorado Modernist movement following World War I. Among his most famous works are the Red Rocks Amphitheater and the interior of the Riverside Church in New York City – the latter was commissioned by John D. Rockefeller.
The French Chateau-style house in Denver was one of four homes built for Charles Sewell Thomas, an attorney and the scion of a politically prominent family. Hoyt designed the home with a variety of details, from leaded-glass windows containing the family’s initials to a house-wing for the maids and cook.
“The effort to preserve the historical features of this architectural marvel can be appreciated throughout the home. The modern touches gracefully complement its’s charm while offering luxury and comfort. It’s also perfectly located in an exclusive neighborhood within minutes of downtown Denver and at a walking distance from dining and shopping areas in Cherry Creek," notes Kelli Barton, listing agent.
The wood-paneled library with a stone fireplace was an important room in the home which stored Thomas’ book collection of 4,000 volumes. The weather vane that still stands atop the tower was a personal gift from Hoyt and depicts Thomas reading a book by candlelight.
The elegant home is situated on a 17,400-square foot corner lot with professional landscaping and mature trees. The foyer with an iron-rail spiral staircase was designed to house a massive pipe organ that reached the tower. The home features six bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and three additional powder rooms. The open kitchen was updated with an island, built-ins and a breakfast room.
Peek out at the extensive outdoor living space with a covered deck from the warm brick sunroom with wood-ceiling beams and French doors.
See the home's exteriors below.