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Carmelite Convent (Benedict House)

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Benedict House
1912, Jacques Benedict. 6138 S. Gallup St.

After marrying socialite June Brown, architect Jacques Benedict moved into an old Farm-house on the south shore of Ketring Lake. Over the years he transformed it into this Beaux-Arts villa, incorporating Italianate, Gothic Revival, and Romanesque Revival elements. A demanding architect who supervised workmen closely, Benedict had artisans on scaffolds hand paint the ceiling and worked with landscape architect Saco R. DeBoer on the extensive grounds. A Chicago native, Benedict was the first Colorado architect trained at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and he worked with Carrère and Hastings in New York City at the time they designed the New York Public Library (1909). A flamboyant character noted for inspecting buildings while wearing white gloves, he designed some of Denver's grandest Beaux-Arts residences and churches, as well as Littleton's landmark town hall ( AH04), public library ( AH05), and First Presbyterian Church (1929), 1609 West Littleton Boulevard. After his death in 1948, a cloistered order of Roman Catholic nuns, the Carmelites, moved into this suburban retreat of an architect who had been a notorious bon vivant. The red brick and round arches of the original house are echoed in the new chapel and other additions to the Carmel of the Holy Spirit.

Writing Credits

Author: 
Thomas J. Noel

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