Hamill House - Georgetown, CO
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
N 39° 42.235 W 105° 41.933
13S E 440086 N 4395129
Quick Description: Yep, money does help to improve lifestyle. Silver mine owner William Hamill transformed this cottage into a beautiful Victorian home.
Location: Colorado, United States
Date Posted: 7/4/2011 2:56:53 PM
Waymark Code: WMBYFW
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 1

Long Description:
"The Gothic Revival style Hamill House is a 2½-story gabled roof wood frame residence built on a stone foundation. William Hamill purchased what was a simple circa 1867 residence from his brother-in-law in 1874 and gradually transformed it into an elegant reflection of his increasing personal wealth and prestige. Two hipped roof stone buildings are located at the rear of the property. The more elaborate one, of cut coursed granite, served as Hamill’s office. The other, of rough cut uncoursed stone, served as a stable and carriage house. Since the 1970s, the property has been operated as a museum by the Georgetown Historical Society." (from (visit link) )

"William A. Hamill was a silver mining magnate. He made his fortune in land speculation buying and selling mines in the Georgetown and Silver Plume area. He also had interests in many other business in the area, including newspapers, wagon roads, and railroads. Mr. Hamill served as State Senator in the first Colorado State Legislature, Chairman of the Central Committee of the Colorado Republican Party and State Railroad Commissioner.

Willam and Priscilla Hamill had five children: William Jr., Henry, Hannah Elizabeth, James and Thomas. The family fortunes were greatly effected by the silver crash of 1893 and Hamill moved on to Denver shortly thereafter. His wife remained in Georgetown with the youngest son and family. Hamill died in 1904 and Priscilla died in 1910. The last of the Hamills left Georgetown in 1915.

Many of the Hamill descendents are still in touch with Historic Georgetown, Inc. and visit the Hamill House from time to time. The most well known is actor Mark Hamill of the Star Wars movies." (from (visit link) )

(visit link) provides a small 'virtual tour' of the house and museum.
Street address:
305 Argentine St.
Georgetown, CO USA
80444


County / Borough / Parish: Georgetown

Year listed: 1972

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event

Periods of significance: 1850-1874

Historic function: Domestic

Current function: Recreation And Culture

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
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