The Boettcher Mansion is a 1917 Arts & Crafts estate originally designed as a seasonal retreat for Charles Boettcher, one of Colorado's earliest entrepreneurs. Built of local stone and timber taken from the property (currently known as the Lookout Mountain Nature Preserve), this historic landmark is now owned and operated by Jefferson County as a popular special events venue. Carefully preserved yet updated for modern-day functions, it stands as an impressive example of adaptive re-use.
There are several stunning spaces available for weddings and receptions. With its moss-rock walls, a cathedral-beamed ceiling and an inglenook fireplace, the Fireside Room is perfect for larger social gatherings accommodating 150-200 guests. Once the original “great hall”, this impressive area is flanked by a buffet and music room on either end and leads out to a raised terrace overlooking the forest and the City of Denver on the plains below. As our caterers will attest, our full-service commercial kitchen, added during our 2005-07 restoration and renovation, is equipped to handle a variety of culinary endeavors.
Filled with an extensive collection of Stickley Mission-style furniture and appointed with other decorative objects evocative of the Arts & Crafts era, the Mansion exudes a period ambiance that sets the tone for memorable celebrations -- whether weddings and receptions or other gala gatherings. The Mansion’s former bedrooms and sleeping porches can be used for dressing rooms and/or extra seating or babysitting. The rest of the interior offers unlimited opportunities to learn about the significance of the rustic architectural style and the respective lives of the Boettcher family members who enjoyed “Lorraine Lodge” for more than half a century. Upstairs, the Forest Room (once used as Charles’ study), contains both a library stocked with a comprehensive collection of books and periodicals pertaining to the Arts & Crafts movement and philosophy, and a gift shop featuring the work of talented artisans.
Next to the Mansion, there is also a Carriage House -- with a series of french doors and its own flagstone patio -- and a Gazebo -- at the end of a meandering commemorative walkway entitled the "Path to Posterity". Both of these charming structures -- also original to the property -- are popular choices for smaller functions ranging from 20-40 people. Together, these three buildings share a beautifully landscaped garden that harmonizes the architecture with its natural surroundings and provides a serene setting for all of our visitors (including the birds and the bees).
To make an appointment to tour our spectacular site with one of our customer service representatives, please contact us today or visit our website at www.jeffco.us/boettcher. You may also contact our Special Events Coordinator Laurie Vogt for more information.