by Cynthia Shaw McLaughlin, Boettcher Mansion Director
comments open from May 7 until May 26
While the Boettcher Mansion may be best known for the weddings and receptions it regularly hosts on top of Lookout Mountain, our 1917 stone and timber estate is way more than just a “party place.” Built as a summer home for Colorado entrepreneur Charles Boettcher, the former “Lorraine Lodge” has become a model of adaptive reuse able to function on a variety of levels:
>> as a special events venue which first opened its doors to the public back in 1975;
>> as a local landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1984;
>> as the headquarters for the Colorado Arts & Crafts Society, a small non-profit organization incorporated on site in 1997.
Much like Charles himself – who started out in the hardware trade before branching out in cement manufacturing, sugar processing and meat packing – the Mansion over time has developed a multifaceted personality that appeals to a wide range of visitors: couples seeking the perfect setting for their wedding, professionals looking to brainstorm or bond at a corporate retreat, or cultural types wanting to satisfy an academic yearning.
Planning for so many varied events sometimes keeps the staff in suspended animation, but we really wouldn’t have it any other way. With each new day there’s always a new experience awaiting us and our customers. This never-ending sense of anticipation is what enables us to stay fresh, willing and able to delight our guests with the kind of event for which the Mansion has become a destination within Jefferson County.
A groom and his party show their creative side by the colorful socks they wore with their tuxedos.