Sotheby’s Lists 112-Year-Old Perrenoud Condominium

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Sotheby’s Lists 112-Year-Old Perrenoud Condominium

836 East 17th Avenue #3F – Denver’s Historic Uptown Neighborhood $525,000


Renowned as a marketer for many of the world’s most valuable and prestigious possessions, it was only fitting that sisters Beth Leon and Lynn Notarianni would list their 112-year-old restored condominium with Sotheby’s International Realty brokers, Stacy Owen Resop and Dan Fead.


“As history tells us, the Perrenoud sisters – having moved from New York to Denver in 1862 as teenagers – inherited a great sum of money from their father and only brother upon passing. As mature women at the turn of the century, the sisters, inspired by high society New York, were rumored to have said ‘there are no apartment buildings west of the Mississippi fit for a lady to live in’ and thus, the Perrenoud Apartments were born,” says Ruth Cambier, building historian.


Built in 1901, the Perrenoud sisters accomplished what would be deemed the most luxurious and lavish apartment building of its time. With the help of noted Denver architect Frank Snell, they put the building on the map with Denver’s elite.


“The Perrenoud is Denver’s oldest, historic condominium building. This 1,721 square foot, 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath unit, is an exquisite illustration of thoughtful, period conscious, restoration,” said Stacy Owen Resop, co-listing broker.

CROP1096974_Portrait_800x600From the original sisters who built the Perrenoud, to sisters Beth and Lynn selling unit 3F, to the building historian Ruth Cambier and her sister Pauline Hayes who curated a journey through the Perrenoud’s past – the common thread here, is sisterhood.

“Our passion is in restoration. My sister and I really wanted to preserve the integrity of the unit,” says Beth Leon. “We took a few liberties to expand the kitchen and baths. Our goal was to leave a legacy, our tiny mark on Denver history. From subway tiles to brass hardware, we painstakingly restored and repurposed as needed with pieces from the Perrenoud bone yard.” Pictured left, sisters who restored Unit 3F, Beth Leon and Lynn Notarianni.

The rich interior, ornate fixtures, and handcrafted millwork remain today, right down to the birdcage elevator – the only non-enclosed, functioning one of it’s kind in Denver, emblazoned with the signature insignia “PA” for the Perrenoud Apartments.

“The Italian marble entry steps, elegant marble and French plate mirrored entry hall, mosaic tile floor, even the hand carved lobby furniture are all original,” says Cambier.


What makes the building truly unique is each unit is detached from the other by way of light courts, divided into 6 separate wings so each apartment is isolated from the rest, containing three windows on each side – a rarity. Although the building sold and exchanged hands several times, it has always remained residential – managed by the Perrenoud sisters until 1922, and saved from becoming an office building in 1949 when resident, WWII General Larsen, fought for the building’s right to become one of the very first Denver co-ops.


Today, an archive gallery delineates riveting details of how the Perrenoud was run like a private club, with full-time chef, maid’s quarters, dining hall, ballroom, and staffed laundry. To inquire about purchasing your own piece of Denver history, contact Sotheby’s brokers – Stacy Owen Resop 303.506.3128 or Dan Fead – 720.300.9500. Private tour available for qualified buyers.

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