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History of the House
Built for William N. Byers in 1883, the stately Italianate-style home reflected its owner’s standing in the community. Byers printed Denver’s first newspaper, the Rocky Mountain News, on April 23, 1859. As editor, Byers used his paper pulpit to promote Denver and the surrounding region.
Byers became close friends with John Evans, Colorado’s second territorial governor. These men - along with their wives Elizabeth Byers and Margaret Evans - played pivotal roles in Denver’s early growth by helping to establish religious, educational, legal, and social institutions.
William G. Evans, the oldest son of former governor John Evans, bought the home in 1889. William and his wife Cornelia moved in with their two young children, John and Josephine. During the next five years, daughters Margaret and Katharine were born. An important business and civic leader in his own right, William headed the Denver Tramway Company and helped develop the Moffat Tunnel. Piercing the Continental Divide, the 6.2 mile tunnel culminated efforts to link Denver to Colorado’s western slope and solidified the city’s place as the region’s commercial hub.
Anne Evans, William's younger sister, lived at 1310 Bannock Street after her father's death in 1897. Anne was a leader in the development of the arts and cultural organizations of Denver and the surrounding area. She was involved in the development of the Denver Art Museum, the growth of Denver Public Library system and the restoration of the Central City Opera House. The impact of her efforts can be seen throughout the neighborhood that now surrounds the Byers-Evans House Museum.
Afternoon Into the Past
The Byers-Evans House hosts over 2,000 elementary-aged children annually in its popular field trip program, An Afternoon into the Past. This program caters to third and fourth grade students studying Denver and Colorado history. Your students will have the opportunity to role-play as Evans family members and friends from the year 1918 in this hands-on program.
For more information contact Mike Erickson at 303-620-4933 or email@example.com.
Women's History Fall Fellowship
History Colorado is seeking scholars, artists, and activists for its Center for Women’s History Fall Fellowship at the Byers-Evans House Museum. Click here for more information.
Surface lots and metered parking are available nearby. The most convenient garage is the Civic Center Cultural Complex Garage at 12th & Broadway. Accessible parking is available in the garage and at metered spaces on 13th and 14th Avenues.
The Byers-Evans House Gift Shop features distinctive gift from across Colorado, including art pottery, blown glass, jewelry, and American Indian–made art. We also carry a large selection of books relating to Denver, Colorado, and the west.