On one of his firm's ice farms, Denver Ice Company president William A. Baehr built this $1.5 million lodge in a style that architect Jacques Benedict called Colorado Alpine. Using native stone and spruce, an army of sixty men supposedly took only ninety days to construct the twenty-seven-room lodge, complete with wrought iron fixtures, hand-etched log paneling, log vergeboards, railings, and balconies. Two octagonal roof towers, tall stone chimneys, and multiple steep-pitched gables enliven the long, irregular front facade. Baehr had an observatory built in 1937 some 200 feet above the main lodge. After the Baehr family sold the ranch in 1956, it became a private fishing lodge and conference center. The Jefferson County Open Space Program bought the 820-acre ranch in 1986 to convert it to a public park.
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