Rehabilitated Caretaker’s Cottage opens

Published on August 27, 2021

Caretaker's Cottage outdoor view.

Rehabilitated Caretaker's Cottage opens for history programs, research and meeting space

Open house event 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sept. 11

Community members are invited to celebrate the grand opening of the historic Caretaker’s Cottage at Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park, 801 S. Yarrow St., during a free public open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11. Enjoy snacks, games and giveaways, and take one of four guided tours. For more information, visit Lakewood.org/CaretakersOpen.

As part of the Heritage Lakewood 20th century history park and museum, the Caretaker’s Cottage features an exhibition and a research room. Residents and visitors can book a research time or use Tuesday open hours to view the museum’s online searchable database, photographs, archives and 3D artifacts upon request. Ongoing historical programs and genealogical research tools are also available. Groups of up to 12 people can rent the building, which boasts a working midcentury-style kitchen, a sunroom, an accessible bathroom and a meeting space.

“The Caretaker’s Cottage will once again serve in its caretaking capacity, this time protecting and preserving the history of Lakewood,” said Museum Curator Katy Lewis.

The multiyear Caretaker’s Cottage rehabilitation project was paid for in part by a History Colorado - State Historical Fund grant. The cottage was originally owned by a farmer who ordered it through a magazine as a kit house and constructed it piece-by-piece on the property. The house became a caretaker's residence in the 1930s as part of the Belmar Estate owned by Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame inductee May Bonfils Stanton, and it has been used as museum office and storage space since 1976. The Caretaker’s Cottage is the largest structure of the Belmar Estate outbuildings, which as a group are listed on the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties.