Friday, June 28, 2019

Downton Abbey Comes Alive

Are you a big fan of Downton Abbey like me?
You wouldn't think the small steel town of Pueblo, Colorado 
would be the home of a magnificent mansion reminiscent of the PBS series. 

But after driving about two hours south of Denver, 
we toured this gorgeous home called Rosemount
and many of the features like the pantry, third-floor rooms, and grand entry
reminded me of my favorite show. 

The lady of the house loved roses and the house perched atop a hill, thus the name. 

Referred to as Colorado's Crown Jewel, the house is fitted with a communication system 
similar to the one on Downton Abbey. 
But instead of bells ringing in the servant's quarters to different rooms in the house, 
Rosemount used a system of speaking into a tube from various rooms. 

Built in 1891 by successful merchant and banker John Thatcher, 
its 24,000 square feet was constructed in the Richardsonian Romanesque style. 
It cost approximately $100,000 to build, an enormous sum in those days 
when many homes were adobe and the streets were not paved.

I especially loved all the intricate woodwork, the hand-painted ceilings, 
and the huge stained-glass windows shipped from New York.
Unfortunately we were not allowed to take photos inside the house. 

Nearly all of the fascinating furnishings are original to the house. 
Thankfully, the family didn't throw anything away. 

Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area. 

Psst. In case you haven't heard, a Downton Abbey movie is set 
to be released this September with the original cast. Can't wait!



  1. Really, i am so glad there is nothing like it, can't wait till September. I have toured the Rosemont it has been a while but i loved seeing that house and all the beautiful woodwork and furniture, it's so nice how they have kept it up.

  2. How beautiful is that? I never would have believed that something that grand would be out there. Thanks for posting it.

  3. I love to tour grand houses from previous era's. If I ever drive to CO, I'll definitely take a side tour. Oh yes, Downtown Abby movie is on my calendar! How are you doing after the hail storm? Did your garden come back to normal? Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Ann! Filed a claim on our roof and will have it replaced in September. They'll be throwing old shingles onto the ground and I want to wait until after my garden is done for the summer. My garden looks surprisingly good after the hail storm. Hugs, Pat

  4. Growing up in the Steel City, the Thatcher residence was always a favorite. It is a beautiful museum showcasing another time.

  5. What a beautiful house! And huge, too. I love learning about the history. Sadly, I tried watching Downton Abbey and I think I'm the only one I know who didn't like it! Go figure:) xo Kathleen

    1. Thanks Kathleen. I admit I didn't like Downton Abbey the first time I watched it either but I gradually fell in love over a short time. Hugs, Pat