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Governor's Residence Preservation Fund
"Preserving Colorado's Home - Promoting Colorado's History - For Colorado's People
The mission of the Governor's Residence Preservation Fund is to preserve the historic Governor's Residence at the Boettcher Mansion and bring it into full use and enjoyment for Colorado residents. Education Programs, public programs and events are statewide, inclusive and non-partisan.
- The mission of the Governor's Residence Preservation Fund is to preserve the historic Governor's Residence at the Boettcher Mansion and bring it into full use and enjoyment for Colorado residents. Education Programs, public programs and events are statewide, inclusive and non-partisan.
GRPF is having a great 2015! We have started two major restoration projects and raised money to restore several collection items. Our Meet at the Mansion and Elementary Education programs are growing in popularity and attendance. We plan to build on this momentum in 2016 by developing an endowment to care for the mansion for years to come!
The Governor's Residence at the Boettcher Mansion was built in 1908. In 1959 the Boettcher Foundation donated the residence to the State of Colorado. Since 1960, this stately Colonial Revival mansion has served as home to Colorado's sitting Governor and First Family.
The Governor's Residence Preservation Fund (GRPFund) was founded in 2008 to preserve the historic Governor's Residence at the Boettcher Mansion, to create meaningful activities for all Coloradans, and to leave a legacy for the generations to come.
The GRPFund is a Colorado not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to preserve the Residence in perpetuity and to provide educational and cultural programs from the Residence that are statewide, inclusive, and nonpartisan.
For 2016, the GRPF has identified the following project and program needs:
$500,000 over the next year
Restoration and Repair of Upper Main Entry Portico - $30,000
Restoration and Repair of Historic Gazebo - $26,000
2015 Elementary Education Program - $16,000
2015 Cultural Events - $7,000
Executive Director Statement
Colorado is one of the last states to organize a dedicated stream of funding for its Executive Residence. While state tax dollars cover health and safety issues at "Colorado's Home", there is no budget for the long-term preservation, protection, or utilization of the historic Boettcher Mansion and its exquisite collection.
The GRPFund works to preserve Colorado's Home and promote Colorado's history for the people of the state. It is up to us to protect this remarkable treasure for the children of today and tomorrow. I hope will join us in supporting this exciting effort.
Nicole Bopp, Executive Director
The Governor's Residence Preservation Fund (GRPF)
"Preserving Colorado's Home ~ Promoting Colorado's History"
Since it began its work in 2008, the GRPF has welcomed over 50,000 guests to the Governor's Residence. Ninety percent had never visited before!
Two goals guide the Fund's work:
1. Preserve the house and grounds for the people of Colorado and
2. Offer Colorado history and cultural programs that are statewide, inclusive and nonpartisan.
The GRPF recently completed its largest preservation project, the total restoration of the crumbling 1908 grand entrance gate and entire 8th Avenue fence line. Built at the same time as the iconic Residence, these structures now proudly reflect Colorado's heritage to the more than 15,000 guests who pass through the gate every year.
Free Programs have flourished and now include:
1. A popular standards-based Elementary History Program, "How Colorado became a State", that serves 3,000 public school children every year.
2. Historic Public Tours given throughout the summer and during Doors Open Denver and
3. Holiday Tours, expanded to 7 days, which welcome over 4,000 Colorado's residents to Colorado's Home every December.
Board Chair/President Statement
The Governor's Residence at Boettcher Mansion - Colorado's White House - is an icon of political, economic, and social power. As Colorado's Home, it offers visitors a compelling setting in which to experience the legacies of Colorado's historic and contemporary leaders.
The Governor's Residence Preservation Fund is proud to support the preservation and programs of this Colorado treasure. The GRPF has opened the doors of the Residence to over 10,000 visitors at absolutely no charge. Over 3,600 of our visitors were 3rd and 4th grade students attending our 2015 Elementary Education Program. We have raised over $150,000 to complete critical restoration projects, including the restoration of the historic perimeter fence and garden gazebo.
As we enter our eighth year of existence, we are turning our attention to creating a long-term sustainable funding source for continued preservation and operations. We will begin a campaign to build an endowment to fund future preservation projects and programming.
Please join us in taking ownership of this incredible Colorado resource!
"This is one of the best field trips available to our fourth graders that I have experienced. I look forward to visiting next year."
"Our fourth grade team is already making this field trip a 'must go back every year' field trip"
"The content of the Governor's Residence Elementary Education Program exceeded my expectations. This program helps students understand the path to Colorado statehood in a way we can't teach in our classrooms. Our fourth grade team is already making this field trip a 'must go back every year' field trip."
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"I felt welcomed and proud of our Colorado State house. It was great having unprecedented access and our docents were knowledgeable historians/story tellers."