Steve and April Carver, owners of The Hotel Denver in Glenwood Springs, have acquired the historic Redstone Castle, which was auctioned on October 7, 2016. The Carvers now become the 11th owners in the property’s 114-year history. The longtime Colorado business couple purchased the property for $2,200,000, outbidding two other bidders.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a precious piece of history,” says Steve Carver. “Acquiring the extraordinary Redstone Castle will be an exciting new adventure and an opportunity to revitalize this celebrated jewel of Colorado.” Originally built in 1899 for coal and steel magnate John Cleveland Osgood, the English Tudor-style Redstone Castle has been host to such guests as John D. Rockefeller, J. Pierpont Morgan and Teddy Roosevelt. The main residence offers 23,000 sq. ft. of living space, with 42 rooms that remain much as they were in 1903.
The Carvers are committed to keeping the doors of the historic mansion open for all to enjoy. Tours of the castle, which is located in the historic town of Redstone between Aspen and Glenwood Springs, will continue. Tours are currently held on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. ‘
The current plan is to renovate several large suites to rent for lodging. There have not been rooms to rent at the Redstone Castle since 2002. According to April, “The accommodations will be lovely and very historic.” Pending Pitkin County guidelines and restrictions, plans may include hosting weddings and special events. The next few months will be spent preparing the castle for these changes.
The Carvers add that in the future, they hope that curious visitors will also be able to experience areas of the castle not previously available to guests. These areas may include the servant areas as well as the carriage house and stables. “Think Downton Abbey,” says April. “We think people would like to see how the complex and often difficult support services of the castle functioned.”
The home’s furnishings and fixtures have been largely untouched. In 2005, while under the ownership of the IRS, a historic conservation easement was placed on areas of the property, ensuring that the exterior and certain rooms will continue to be maintained as they were built at the turn of the 20th century. “It is because of the stewardship of past owners that so many original items remain, and have been well cared for,” remarks Steve Carver. “We plan to continue to care for the property in that tradition.”
The Carvers plan to fold the castle into the hospitality operations of The Hotel Denver. The Carvers have spent 25 years preserving and revitalizing the historic Hotel Denver to become an icon in the Roaring Fork Valley. The Hotel Denver celebrated its 101st Anniversary last month.