2013 Denver Designer Show House
919 Vine Street - Denver
Morgan's Historic District
The 2013 Show House is located at 919 Vine Street, in beautiful Morgan's Historic District. This tiny, elegant neighborhood is home to 57 of Denver's most magnificent homes.
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The House was designed by architect Lester Varian and constructed in 1927 for local businessman and philanthropist Henry Porter (Porter Hospital bears his name). Mr. Porter was 90 years old when he built it "to be nearer to his children, not for any assistance, but to see how they invested and spent the money he had given each of them." He wanted his home to be "sturdy, comfortable and attractive, fitting for a wealthy man but not lavish." A cook and maids lived in the maid's quarters and a chauffeur resided over the garage.
919 Vine and its neighbors sit on land that was once burial grounds owned by Bishop Machebeuf and the Roman Catholic Church. Interestingly enough, the home's coat closet was once a confessional and the maid's room was once a chapel complete with altar and vestments.
The grand arts and crafts style home has 7000 square feet, with 7 bedrooms, 8 baths and a wrap-around porch. Rooms are grand and ceilings are high. The half acre grounds border the Denver Botanic Gardens. 15 of Denver's finest interior designers will decorate the home and its doors will be open for tours to benefit Children's Hospital Colorado June 7th-9th & 14th-16th.
35 years ago, 919 Vine Street was featured as the 1978 Show House to benefit the Junior Symphony Guild. Thanks to Mrs. Peter C. Stein for her research of this home.
Our deepest thanks to Trevor Pettennude and Katie Taggett for sharing 919 Vine with 18 interior designers, a general contractor, an architect, numerous workmen, the Show House planning committee and thousands of guests who will be inspired by its beauty. Your home and generosity have inspired us all.