Since we were in Georgetown, I thought I would do a post on the many well preserved Victorian houses in Georgetown. Victorian houses are architecturally commonly referred to as the Victorian Style but this “style” is really a period in history. The Victorian era roughly corresponds to the time when Queen Victoria ruled Britain (1837 to 1901). During this time, industrialization brought many innovations in architecture. There are a wide variety of Victorian styles, each with its own distinctive features. Types of Victorian styles include: Second Empire, Queen Anne, Stick, Shingle, and Richardsonian Romanesque. There are many excellent examples of Gothic Victorian houses in Georgetown which have been lovingly maintained by their residents, not an easy task in the mountains of Colorado.
The Gothic Revival style Hamill House is a 2½-story gabled roof wood frame residence built on a stone foundation in Georgetown, Colorado. William Hamill purchased what was a simple circa 1867 residence from his brother-in-law in 1874 and gradually transformed it into an elegant reflection of his increasing personal wealth and prestige. Two hipped roof stone buildings are located at the rear of the property. The more elaborate one, of cut coursed granite, served as Hamill’s office. The other, of rough cut uncoursed stone, served as a stable and carriage house. Since the 1970s, the property has been operated as a museum by the Georgetown Historical Society.
We were in Georgetown for the day and got hungry. We had noticed the Euro Grill on the way into town and decided to check it out, glad we did. It turns out the restaurant is owned by a Czech and specializes in Eastern European food. We came in the late afternoon and it was relatively empty but the place is packed for dinner around 5 PM. They have a nice selection of Czech beer on tap, sadly no Budweiser Budvar, and a fairly large collection of California wines. Our Czech waiter was very friendly and we had a nice conversation about our food experiences in Vienna. The service is very European, they take your order and leave you in peace, to enjoy the meal and the freshly falling snow.
While were were visiting Denver, we decided to go up into the mountains to visit the old silver mining town of Georgetown. What began as a gold mining camp in 1859 evolved into a community that was widely known in the 1870s and 1880s as the Silver-Queen of the Rockies. It became a noisy, bustling town and a commercial and railroad center for the surrounding mining activities. But it was also a true community, with churches, parks, opera houses, firehouses, and white picket fences. Its residents included managers and professionals as well as miners and shopkeepers. Because of a strong and long-standing historic preservation ethic in Georgetown, many features of this earlier time, indeed the very fabric of the town, have been preserved. As a result, tours of historic Georgetown provide the visitor with an in-depth experience of life in the 19th century Rocky Mountain West.