For anywhone who loves historic, but finds castles too drafty, the next best thing is tudor — and no neighborhood in Denver does tudor like Denver Country Club.
Since 1905, this small but impressive neighborhood has attracted Denver’s society. The Country Club Historic Neighborhood is listed as an Historic Landmark District and is the ideal place to “go medieval.”
The tudor is characterized by steep pitched roofs, turrets, gables, eleborate brickwork, tall chimneys and grouped cement windows. Tudor architecture originated in England at the end of medieval times. The Tudors were the ruling dynasty of the time with such notable figures as Henry the Eighth and Elizabeth the First.
It wasn’t until the late 1890s that The United States embraced the style. Originally, the wealthy embraced the style when building country or suburban estates. It wasn’t long after that Denver Country Club adopted this style in the first section built in 1906 and 1907.
With their many angles and nooks, several different roofs and exquisite detail made the tudor home quite expensive to build. Most tudors exhibit good craftsmanship including distinctive touches like stained glass, intricate woodwork and wainscoting. The style has a solid feel that conveys substance, gravity and security. Built-ins and fireplaces give the tudor home warmth.
You have to love the entrances. The tudor entrance is a part of an asymmetrical assemblage of architectural elements, some purely decorative and some meant to provide security. Thick masonry walls allow the doors to be recessed and arched and often include board and batten doors. Beefy metal hardware and cut stone give the entrance and the home a solid, secure look. The medieval look gives the feeling of a bulwark against a dangerous world. You feel safe inside the tudor’s thick, secure walls.
Photos by Mark Mattivi Photography
From The Collection Magazine
by William Hauptman