View from the Library Collectible Ornament
8th In Series
Claude Boettcher’s study of design and the decorative arts is perhaps most evident in the stately library. In 1927, Mr. Boettcher had this room paneled with quarter sawn white oak and stained a warm golden tone. In deference to the home’s original craft, the ribbon and swag wood moldings used on the paneling mirror the original ceiling moldings. With his keen eye for design Mr. Boettcher was bothered that the library fireplace wasn’t centered and paid to have it moved a few inches and a new rose marble surround was added (this is also the marble you’ll see at the Capitol).
The library provides a warm and inviting space to sit and enjoy the lovely view of the Millennium Tree just beyond the leaded glass doors. The Governor’s Mansion Millennium Tree, planted to celebrate the turn of the century, was a seedling from a 65’ Blue Spruce growing in Pike National Forest that was later cut and transported by a nine-vehicle caravan along the Santa Fe Trail and along I-70 to Washington D.C. to be lit on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the 2000 holiday season. The seedling, now over 25’ is lit for Coloradoans to enjoy for many holidays to come.