An Artifact of Early Denver History

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An Artifact of Early Denver History

This week, we invite you catch a glimpse into the storied past of the Historic Bungalow at 1904 Kearney Street. Offered for public sale for the first time since 1972, the estate rests amidst a secluded, hedge-rimmed site on four city lots totaling 12,200 square feet. The story-and-a-half Craftsman Bungalow has quite a pedigree, as it is the only house in the Park Hill neighborhood to be listed in the Denver Landmark registry. Designed by renowned Denver architect George Louis Bettcher, the Kappler-Cannon-Fieger house was originally built in 1912 for Otto Kappler, former Secretary and Manager of the Brown Palace Hotel.

Kappler, who left the Brown Palace, became a highly successful investment banker and lived there until his death in 1920. The home was then purchased by H. (Hugh) Brown Cannon, founder of Windsor Farm Dairy and prominent civic leader and Arapahoe County Commissioner. Mr. Cannon’s real estate holdings included the land upon which Stapleton International Airport was built, today’s Stapleton community, and the Windsor Gardens retirement community. Cannon, who was Director of Beatrice Foods (Meadow Gold) after the purchase of the Windsor Farm Dairy in 1927, created the largest commercial dairy in Colorado at that time. Many of Denver’s prominent business and civic leaders frequented the house, which included guests such as Mayor Stapleton, a close friend of Mr. Cannon’s, and famous aviatrix Amelia Earhart.

The nearly 4,700 square foot home has many of its original appointments, from hand-wrought bronze Arts & Crafts light fixtures, to extensive woodwork. Truly a rare find, the boxed-beam ceilings, gorgeous Birch woodwork, French doors, and Quarter-sawn White Oak floors are absolutely stunning. The updated kitchen showcases stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and island, custom cabinetry, and spacious breakfast room.

In addition to the craftsmanship and incredible floor plan, the current owners have an extensive collection of oil paintings and sculptures, as well as a rare Steinway Grand Piano whose sound board features an imprint of the world’s Monarchs, circa 1912 – all of which may be for sale separately. Other items of note are a clerestory landing that leads to main level billiard and media room, complete with gas fireplace, and a 16 x 60 foot swimming pool which sits atop the same footprint as the home’s original pool, formerly buried in the 1920s.

To schedule a tour or learn more about the history of this legendary estate contact  Steve and Dee Ciancio of Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty at 303.893.3200. Sotheby’s International Realty professionals represent homes that embody the rich tapestry of unique settings and diverse locales. Allow us to artfully unite you with the perfect home befitting your lifestyle.

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