Governor's Residence - CoCo
- Arts & Culture
- Board Development
- Education & Literacy
Location400 East 8th AveDenver, CO 80203 United States
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 Governor's Residence Preservation Fund (GRPF) was incorporated in 2008 as an initiative of
Former First Lady Jeannie Ritter. Based upon the work of Former First Lady Frances Owens, Mrs.
Ritter created the GRPF to address two pressing needs: (1) To raise funds for preservation to ensure
the vitality and accessibility of one of Colorado’s most historic and iconic architectural assets and (2)
To open the doors of this publicly owned treasure to the residents of Colorado for their educational
and cultural benefit.
The GRPF works to preserve "Colorado's Home", to create meaningful activities for all Coloradans
and to leave a legacy for generations to come. While state tax dollars cover emergency repairs that
have to do with public health and safety, there is no money for long-term preservation or public use
of the Governor’s Residence. The GRPF raises funds and oversees projects such as restoring the
crumbling fence line and grand entrance gate in order to keep the home "visitor ready" for programs,
and, programs are the heart of the GRPF mission.
During the last eleven years over 120,000 guests have visited "Colorado's Home' - as it has come to
be known - to participate in a GRPF program, activity or event. A remarkable 90% have never
visited before. While most visitors are from Denver and the metropolitan counties, the Residence
welcomes visitors from around the state, the country and the world.