Free Holiday Tours

The Governor's Residence, Governor's Residence Preservation Fund, American Society of Interior Designers and Colorado Homes & Lifestyles welcomes the public to attend our FREE holiday tours offered 

Thursday, December 6th, through Sunday, December 9th, from 10 AM to 2 PM 

Thursday, December 13th, through Sunday, December 16th, from 10 AM to 2 PM

Tours begin at the Eighth Avenue main gate. There may be a line so all guests are admitted on a first come, first served basis. The Governor's Residence does not take reservations. Large groups are encouraged to email info@grpfund.org in advance.  Please include the size of your party, date, and time you plan on attending.  Parking is available on the NW corner of Logan Street and 8th Avenue.

Tours are at the pace of the visitor, and may last from 20 minutes to 45 minutes. 


ABOUT THE 2018 DESIGN 

For the sixth year, the Governor’s Office and the Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund (GRPF) invites ASID Colorado to provide the holiday decorations for the Governor’s Residence at the Boettcher Mansion. “Colorado’s Home” as the Residence is known, welcomes well over 10,000 guests during the holiday season, most visiting expressly to view the decorations.

As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the GRPF and the 110Th anniversary of the Cheesman-Boettcher Mansion, passage of time is the inspiration behind the theme, "Decades of Design in Colorado”. Designers will focus on the historic re-creation of period holiday decorating and the fantasy of an era; looking at fashion, textiles, culture, & design for inspiration. 

Room designs will tell stories of Colorado, various regions of Colorado, and of the Governor’s Residence’s inhabitants. One of our goals is to educate our holiday guests with stories of Colorado history and inspire them to learn more about our colorful state.

10th Anniversary Ornament - Grand Portico

 
  

When the Boettcher Foundation first offered the gift of the ornate 26,000 square foot Boettcher home for Colorado’s Executive Residence, the state legislature refused.  The home was scheduled for demolition until Governor Stephen McNichols accepted the gift to Colorado in 1959.  Notable visitors and distinguished guests have included U.S. Presidents, foreign princes, dignitaries, celebrities, and performers. 

 

Over the years, the Residence has become known as “Colorado’s Home” and is treasured for its historic opulence and grandeur.

In 2008, the Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund was established to preserve the historic Governor's Residence at the Boettcher Mansion and open its doors to Coloradoans. Since then, over 100,000 people have visited the Residence for public tours, cultural arts and heritage celebrations, and state industry events. This ornament commemorates the rich history of the Residence and the 10th Anniversary of the Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund. Thank you for supporting our mission through the purchase of this year’s holiday ornament. 

 

Many thanks to our 2018 holiday sponsors!