Summer White House

Summer White House (HM2LV5)

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N 39° 38.428', W 105° 13.107'

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In 1911, John Brisben Walker, owner of the property that is now Mount Falcon Park, promoted the idea of a Summer White House. The cornerstone of Colorado yule marble was laid on July 4, 1914 on this proposed site for the building. What you see here is all that remains of his dream to create a "castle in the clouds" for the enjoyment of the Presidents of the United States.

Modeled after castles in Europe, the idea was to give the President a place to spend time enjoying Colorado. John Walker hired Denver architect J.B. Benedict to draw up renderings for a 22-room castle on Mount Falcon. The design sketches were made in an effort to promote the idea and raise funds to begin construction. Proposals to fund construction included a scheme to persuade the nation's school children to contribute their pennies.

Shortly afterward, Walker became involved with other projects and his plans for the summer White House never materialized. However, his vision of preserving the natural beauty of Colorado continues in Mount Falcon Park.
HM NumberHM2LV5
Placed ByJefferson County Open Space
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Date Added Monday, October 14th, 2019 at 8:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13S E 481255 N 4387876
Decimal Degrees39.64046667, -105.21845000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 38.428', W 105° 13.107'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 38' 25.68" N, 105° 13' 6.42" W
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