Kauffman House (Grand Lake, Colorado)

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Kauffman House
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Kauffman House (Grand Lake, Colorado) is located in Colorado
Kauffman House (Grand Lake, Colorado)
Kauffman House (Grand Lake, Colorado) is located in the US
Kauffman House (Grand Lake, Colorado)
Location NW corner of Pitkin and Lake Ave., Grand Lake, Colorado
Coordinates 40°15′2″N 105°49′4″W / 40.25056°N 105.81778°W / 40.25056; -105.81778Coordinates: 40°15′2″N 105°49′4″W / 40.25056°N 105.81778°W / 40.25056; -105.81778
Built 1892
NRHP reference # 74000579
Added to NRHP November 21, 1974[1]

The Kauffman House is a rustic log house in Grand Lake, Colorado that functioned as a hotel from its construction in 1892 to 1973. It was built by Ezra Kauffman, a local prospector, trapper and builder of log structures[2] who operated it as a hotel until his death in 1920 at age 71.[3] It was then operated as a summer hotel by his widow and daughters until World War II.

The log structure is built of timber cut, sawn and hauled by Ezra Kauffman. The logs were sawn on three sides and left rounded on the outside. Inside walls were lined with metal and a muslin facing, with wallpaper pasted to the fabric in most rooms, with colored fabric left exposed in some rooms. Oilcloth was used on the kitchen walls and ceiling. The logs were laid on a stone foundation. Gables are finished in fish-scale shingles. The house featured an indoor water supply fed from a galvanized tank in the attic, which was filled from a hand pump at the lakeshore. Water was hauled by hand in the winter.[3]

In 1946 the Kauffmans sold the house to Henry Rhone who operated it until 1973, when the Grand Lake Historical Society purchased the house for use as a museum. It is the only pre-20th century log hotel remaining in Grand Lake.[4]

The Kauffman House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on November 21, 1974.[1]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Noel, Thomas J. (1997). Buildings of Colorado. Oxford University Press. p. 455. ISBN 0-19-515247-6. 
  3. ^ a b Howard, Dorothy McLaren; Kemp, Patience Cairns (May 22, 1974). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: Kauffman House". National Park Service. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Kauffman House Museum Information". Grand Lake Historical Society. 2008-10-31. 

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