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Hotel Denver owners buy Redstone Castle for $2.2M

Staff report

Steve and April Carver, owners of the Hotel Denver in Glenwood Springs, have acquired the historic Redstone Castle, which was auctioned off Oct. 7.

The Carvers now become the 11th owners in the property's 114-year history. The longtime Colorado business couple purchased the property for $2.2 million, topping two other bidders.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a precious piece of history," said Steve Carver. "Acquiring the extraordinary Redstone Castle will be an exciting new adventure and an opportunity to revitalize this celebrated jewel of Colorado."

Originally built in 1899 for coal and steel magnate John Cleveland Osgood, the English Tudor-style Redstone Castle has been host to such guests as John D. Rockefeller, J. Pierpont Morgan and Teddy Roosevelt. The main residence offers 23,000 square feet of living space, with 42 rooms that remain much as they were in 1903.

The Carvers, who plan to fold the castle into the hospitality operations of the Hotel Denver, are committed to keeping the mansion open for all to enjoy. Tours of the castle, which is located in Redstone, will continue. Tours are currently held Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Ticket information is available on the Redstone Castle website at www.redstonecastle.us.

The Carvers plan to renovate several large suites to rent for lodging. Rooms in the castle have not been available for rent since 2002.

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"The accommodations will be lovely and very historic," April Carver said. Pending Pitkin County guidelines and restrictions, plans may include hosting weddings and special events. The next few months will be spent preparing the castle for these changes.

The Carvers said that in the future, they hope that curious visitors also will be able to experience areas of the castle not previously open to guests, such as the servant areas and the carriage house and stables.

"Think Downton Abbey," April Carver said. "We think people would like to see how the complex and often difficult support services of the castle functioned."

The home's furnishings and fixtures have been largely untouched. In 2005, while under the ownership of the Internal Revenue Service, a historic conservation easement was placed on areas of the property, ensuring that the exterior and certain rooms will continue to be maintained as they were built at the turn of the 20th century.

"It is because of the stewardship of past owners that so many original items remain and have been well cared for," Steve Carver said. "We plan to continue to care for the property in that tradition."

The Carvers have spent 25 years preserving and revitalizing the Hotel Denver across from the Glenwood Springs train depot. The Hotel Denver celebrates its 101st anniversary this month.

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