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Reed House

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1931, Harry James Manning. 475 Circle Drive

Colorado's grandest Tudor Revival mansion is a towering dream of steep-pitched slate roofs; four immense, ornate chimneys; and numerous dormers and gables. The glazed tapestry brick walls with limestone trim and half-timbered gable ends soar above two and one-half acres of walled gardens, with a separate garden house by Saco R. DeBoer. A greenhouse, terrace, fountain, swimming pool, and interior elevator were added in 1955–1956. Mary Reed commissioned the house shortly after the death of her husband, Verner Z. Reed, who made fortunes in both Cripple Creek gold and Salt Creek, Wyoming, oil. This is the largest and finest house in the Country Club Historic District, bounded roughly by First and Sixth avenues between University Boulevard and Downing Street. Its high-style Tudor Revival design helped make vernacular Tudor Revival, often marketed as “English bungalow,” one of the most popular local styles of the 1930s.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel

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