St. Martin's Chapel at St. Johns Cathedral, Denver
Just completed floor restoration after water damage. The Chapel was designed by Burnham Hoyt.
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2171 S. Trenton Way, Suite 221
Denver, CO 80231
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Because tearing them down is wrecking our history. Countries rich in culture value history and buildings.
Because it's bad for our earth. Most of the wreckage will not be salvaged.
Because you can never replicate these houses once they are gone. The woodwork alone comes from 200- year old trees.
Because we don't need new homes. "We have enough vacant homes to put everyone in America in a house," said Curtis.
Because we're losing our uniqueness. "There is something beautiful about traveling through America and seeing its distinct neighborhoods.
Because of their quality. "When you have a 100- year old home made of timber, not particle board, it is solid.
-reposted in part from the Denver Post, Saturday, June 15, 2013 Home section
Why Save an Old House
According to "rehab Addict" host Nicole Curtis, 6 reasons why Americans should care about saving old homes:
Our Latest Project - The Buchtel Bungalow
In 1988, the Buchtel Bungalow, located at 2100 S. Columbine St. just two blocks east of the University of Denver campus, was listed with the National Register of Historic Places. Finished in the first half of 1906, the house served as Governor Buchtel's residence from 1907 until 1909 and for the remaining years of his life. Today, Buchtel Bungalow is owned by the University of Denver and serves as the home of current Chancellor Robert Coombe.
Henry Augustus Buchtel (September 3, 1847 – October 22, 1924) was an American minister, educator, and public official, born near Akron, Ohio. He was the seventeenth governor of Colorado.
Henry Buchtel was the son of Jonathan B. Buchtel, a physician, and Eliza Newcomer Buchtel. Within a couple of years of his birth, his parents relocated their family to Elkhart, Indiana.
Henry was a younger cousin of John Richards Buchtel, the founder in 1870 of Buchtel College (later the University of Akron). In 1871, Henry's older brother, William, married Helen Barnum, a daughter of P. T. Barnum.
Van Camp's previously restored the floors in the Buchtel Memorial Tower, the last remaining piece of Buchtel Memorial Chapel, on the University of Denver Campus which had a tower in each corner. The chapel, completed in 1917, burned down in 1982.
Now the tower's bell is rung each year in August to celebrate Summer Commencement.
Evans-Elbert Ranch located in Evergreen, CO
In 1868, John Evans, the second territorial governor of Colorado, appointed by President Lincoln in 1862, took a camping trip into the mountains. Sam Elbert, who later became Colorado’s sixth territorial governor as well as the son-in-law of John Evans, was in the party. Evans and Elbert were impressed by the lush grass, thick timber, beautiful vistas and abundant game and fish in the Upper Bear Creek area. They decided to acquire some 340 acres from a homesteader. In 1870 John Evans and Sam Elbert built a large family house and continued to buy adjacent land. In all, the Evans-Elbert Ranch grew to over 5,000 acres and covered three mountain valleys. It was a great summer retreat. It allowed two politicians and their families to escape the heat of Denver and the heat of the politics of the time!
The original family summer structure burned to the ground in 1909. The families and relatives and descendants of Evans and Elbert no longer had a summer retreat. Louise Elbert, Governor Sam Elbert’s niece, and her entrepreneurial husband Leonard Everett, built a family house near the center of the Evans-Elbert Ranch.
This house was called Wind-in-Woven, and is now the Elbert-Austin Ranch house. Other Evans family members and descendants soon built other family retreats on the larger Ranch. Each had a unique western style. To learn more, download the pdf by clicking here.
20 Sedgwick Drive
Built in 1970 by the billionaire whose life inspired the TV show “Dynasty”, this incredible estate has Mid-Century lines, grand interior spaces, and singular amenities including an indoor lap pool and whirlpool spa, tiered cinema with custom upholstery, its own soda fountain, indoor putting green, and billiard room in the basement. The floors where just restored by Van Camps.
Our Latest Project
Four Winds American Indian Council
201 W 5th Ave, Denver, CO 80204
On May 15th, 2015, the Lutheran Synod transferred the title for the Four Winds church and parsonage to the Four Winds Council, a 501(c)(3) organization.
A Little Cottage Gets New Kitchen Floor
Van Camp's crew demo'ed the kitchen floor of a 1927 Cottage style home to original subflooring. They then installed quarter sawn white oak 2 1/4" x 3/4" solid strips. The owner opted for installing a header instead of lacing into existing oak floor so the kitchen floor can be buffed & top coated more often without having to include the entire main level.