Thompson House on list of historic places |

Thompson House on list of historic places

The historic 19th century Thompson house in Carbondale has recently been added to the National Register of Historic Places.
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CARBONDALE — The historic Thompson House, built in the 1880s on what once was a 1,300-acre ranch, is now formally on the National Register of Historic Places.

Though the designation was informally announced early in August by Mt. Sopris Historical Society Director Beth White, an Aug. 20 letter from the Colorado office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation provided formal notification to the society, as well as to the Cerise Park LLC, the development company that owns the house, that the Holland-Thompson property had made the list.

According to a joint statement by developer Frieda Wallison and the society, the Thompson House was built for the newlywed couple Oscar and Hattie Thompson Holland before the town of Carbondale was incorporated, and was home to succeeding generations of the Thompson family until Cerise Park LLC bought the house and the surrounding property currently being developed as Cerise Park.

As part of the annexation process for the development, Wallison agreed to deed the house to the town, which ultimately is expected to turn it over to the society for preservation as a museum.

Now that the house is on the historic registry, according to the joint statement, “It’s inclusion … will draw visitors from all over the country to Carbondale.” The museum is open for guided tours from 2-5 p.m. on Saturdays in the summer and early fall, with an admission price of $10 per person.

The property is on the southwest side of town, between the River Valley Ranch (RVR) subdivision (some of which formerly made up part of the historic 1,300-acre Holland-Thompson Ranch) and the Cerise Park property.

It is reached by turning right off Highway 133 onto North Bridge Drive into RVR, taking the fist right after the tennis courts, and another right into a driveway on the north side of the tennis courts.

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