It’s funny how we can pass a landmark day after day and never really know anything about it. That’s true of the stately Colorado Governor’s Residence, built in 1908 as the Boettcher Mansion and handed over to the state in 1959: Rush-hour traffic blows by the elegant hilltop home in a blur. But like many a Quality Hill mansion, it has its share of historical significance and spooky backstories, and every holiday season, there’s extra incentive to slow down and enjoy the scenery — and the architecture — when the mansion opens to the public for special tours, all decked out in seasonal finery. This year’s classic holiday decor, inspired by the state china’s Columbine motif, was assembled courtesy of the American Society of Interior Designers Colorado Chapter, which garlanded the mansion at 400 East Eighth Avenue inside and out; inside, at the gift shop, visitors can purchase a 2013 commemorative ornament depicting a miniaturized china plate, and outside, the residence’s Colorado Millennium Tree stands for all to see, lit up at night by more than 3,000 brilliant LEDs.
Free tours began over the weekend and continue through December 20; they’re offered between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily and are first come, first served. Get details at coloradoshome.org.
Dec. 14-20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 2013