Victoria House – Anne Evans

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The Byers-Evans house, otherwise known as Victoria, is a house that was occupied for 98 years. Victoria was built in 1883, and was active all throughout the years till 1981.

The Byers-Evans house, otherwise known as Victoria, is a house that was occupied for 98 years. Victoria was built in 1883, and was active all throughout the years till 1981. A total of 10 Evans have lived in this mansion, not including countless servants. In 1984, this house was owned by John Evans (1814 – 1897) and Margaret Gray (1830 – 1906), husband and wife. John was known for being the second territory governor. They had a total of three kids, whose names were William, the oldest, Evan, middle, and Anne, youngest. The only person from this list who had kids was William. His spouse was Cornelia Lunt, and they had four children of their own. But today, we will focus on Anne Evans, artistic daughter of John and Margaret Evans.

Anne Evans was born in 1871 in London, England, and passed away at age 70 in 1941. She studied drawing and painting in the Art Student’s League in New York. She later joined the Denver Artist’s Club, leading up to becoming the cofounder of the Denver Art Museum. Anne Evans was described as this passage from the Kansas City Journal: “Into every artistic project in Denver she has thrown the force of her enthusiasm and devotion. Around her, for years, the city’s artistic life has revolved as a wheel around its hub. The story of art in Denver, to art in Denver, to a large degree, is the story of Anne Evans.”

Anne collected as much Native American art as possible. She spent a lot of cold, winter days inside working on a project. But during Summer, she’d specifically made Indian-style rugs. She was a generous soul, she gave up time and money for the Central City Opera House, and was recieved many more donations after.

Victoria is a house that holds numerous stories from iridescent perspectives. Each is unique, and could be enjoyed by everyone. I recommend taking a tour of the Byers-Evans house in Downtown Denver soon. Find the story you enjoy the most, and enjoy.