Georgetown-Silver Plume Historic District Developed by

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Georgetown-Silver Plume Historic District

Developed by

Cathy Fuller, Middle School Teacher, Guardian Angels School, Denver CO

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Essential Question

Who were the early settlers of Georgetown and Silver Plume?

How did social class determine the development of each of these towns? And how did this influence the architecture and design of each?

How has this region been able to prosper over time?

Contextual Paragraph

According to the Colorado Encyclopedia, the Georgetown-Silver Plume Historic District is one of the best-preserved historic mining districts in Colorado. Located in the upper Clear Creek Valley, Georgetown thrived as a commercial and professional center, while Silver Plume developed as a diverse town of working-class miners.
The diversities in these two towns provides an excellent opportunity to understand the differences in the cultures tied to the practice in mining throughout Colorado. Silver Plume, home to the men who worked in the mines, is a hodgepodge of different ethnicities. The different sections in the Silver Plume cemetery (organized by religion and ethnicity) offer a greater understanding of who lived and worked in the region.
Similarly, the architecture of homes and other structures in Georgetown speak to the class of those who lived in the town. Significant architectural-style structures found in the Historic District and described in the National Register of Historic Places include Hamill House, Maxwell House, Luedde House, Spencer House, Bowman-White House, Public School, Hotel de Paris, Clear Creek County Court House, the Old Jail and Grace Episcopal Church.
After World War II, this area evolved into a tourist attraction and continues to be a popular destination for Front Range residents. Georgetown, Silver Plume and the Alpine Valley were added to the National Register of Historic Places November 13, 1966.

Resource Set

Georgetown, CO

Georgetown, CO

National Register Nomination for Hamill House Georgetown, CO

Hamill House Georgetown, CO

Hamill House, Georgetown, CO

Hamill House Building Survey

View of downtown Georgetown from 5th Street. The Alpine Hose Firehouse is at the end of the street. c. 1939

Georgetown Valley facing south toward Guenella Pass.

Placed in the National Register on May 31, 1972, the Hamill house is significant for its Gothic Revival Architecture and Social History.

Hamill House, Argentine and Third Streets, Georgetown, Clear Creek County, CO.

1951 note on the back of the photo credits Mrs. Edith Wick with the restoration in 1946. The house is now operated as a museum.

Historic American Buildings Survey,

1933 of the Hamill House. Contains documentation, photos, drawings, etc.

Because of efforts by preservationists, the street appears much the same today. The mountains surrounding the city contribute to the historic landscape of the town.

Georgetown is shown nestled in Clear Creek Canyon. The photo illustrates the layout of the town. It was taken by renowned photographer William Henry Jackson c1901.

The nomination form contains 3 high resolution photos of the Hamill House and its grounds. Photos include the solarium, stone stable and carriage house. The form also contains detailed descriptions of the architecture and history of the house and the Georgetown area.

Measured drawing of the Hamill House and grounds. Historic American Building Survey, 1933.

Exterior view of the Hamill House. Acquired by mine owner William A. Hamill in 1874. Additions to the house and grounds were made between 1874 and 1881. Hamill House is listed individually in the National Register for its architectural and historic significance.

The main house is associated with William A. Hamill, who made his fortune through investments in the silver mines in and around Georgetown.

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