Charles Boettcher was born in Germany
and came to the US in 1869 at the age of 17. Through savvy business work in the cement, sugar beet, mining, and hardware industries, he grew a great fortune that he shared with the city through the creation of iconic Denver landmarks like the Boettcher Concert Hall and the Denver Botanic Gardens. This mansion on Lookout Mountain in Golden was built in 1917 as a hunting lodge for Boettcher; another Boettcher Mansion in Denver is also called the Governor's Residence. The former hunting lodge overlooks beautiful gardens with views that extend to the Continental Divide.