State President Projects
State President Bonnie Kindsfater has chosen to reupholster three chairs original to the Hamill House in historic Georgetown, Colorado. The chairs, which have been in storage for many years, need only new upholstery. Howard Lorton Furniture & Design in Denver will undertake the project.
The Hamill House was built in 1867 for Joseph Watson who later sold it to his brother-in-law William Hamill. The house represents the height of prosperity achieved during Georgetown's mining era. The Hamill House Museum is now owned and operated by Historic Georgetown, Inc.
State President Lee Hensley chose to repair drywall and paint the dining room in the Historic Stanley Home in Estes Park, Colorado. When the home was built in 1904, the walls were covered with painted burlap, a traditional wall covering at the time. Over the years, the paint color was changed from its original deep red to pale blue. The project was complicated when further research showed that removing the paint from the original burlap wallpaper would be too dangerous.
In January 2023, the dining room was returned to its deep red color, a color that in Victorian times was thought to enhance the appetites of diners.
Lee Hensley presents a $1,600 check from Colorado Questers to JoAnn Batey, Executive Director of the Stanley Home Museum and Education Center.
State President Paula Doty recognized that one of the tapestries in the Governor's Mansion in Denver was in need of restoration. The 10 ft 1 in x 6 ft 8 in tapestry was produced in the Ateliers of Nelson, Manufacture des Gobelin in Paris and was originally procured by Claude Boettcher from an art dealer in New York. Details of the tapestry include an ecru ground bordered in sky blue with a framework of golden leaf scrolling, hung with festoons of pastel-colored roses, peonies, and other flowers. The center is highlighted with an oval medallion depicting a landscape vignette with the figures of three children in the Claude Boucher style.