Yesterday, I kicked off 2016 photographing Denver’s oldest downtown residence, the Curry-Chucovich House(1439 Court Place). I was documenting the house for one of the current tenants. The house has a fascinating history, ranging from a crime boss once owning the residence to a prominent Denver attorney.
The Queen Ann and Romanesque Revival style sandstone townhouse was designed by architect Fred Hale and built in 1879 for James M. Curry. Curry operated the Douglas County Lava Quarries in Castle Rock. Following Curry, Vaso Chucovich, a Serbian immigrant, took procession of the house in 1902. Vaso was a wealthy organized crime boss who had close connections in the Denver political scene.
In the 1980’s developers tried to buy the house to develop a skyscraper, which never happened. The owner at the time, attorney Walter Gerash, refused to sellout. Gerash bought the property in 1978, restored it, and ran his successful law office there for the following 30 years. He sold the property for $750,000 in 2010, to another law firm.
Today, the house is on the National Register of Historic Places and a handful of independent professionals from an attorney to an engineer office there.