This is the house of Jesse F. McDonald. He moved to Leadville from Ohio to start his career in mining in 1879. Within five years, he became the owner of the Harvard, Penrose, and El Dorado mines. He was the mayor of Leadville from 1899-1905 and was elected state senator representing Lake County. In 1904, he was elected as Lieutenant Governor. He built this house to entertain guests as they traveled through town.
On March 16, 1905, Colorado had three governors in one day. Alva Adams won as governor and took office in 1905, but when the legislature met a few days later, his election was contested by his opposing candidate, James H. Peabody. Peabody replaced Adams under the condition that he immediately resign thus yielding his position to McDonald. He remained the governor of Colorado until 1907.
It is located just a half-block off of Leadville’s main street, which means you can walk to all of Leadville’s restaurants, shops, and museums. You’ll be surrounded by the highest mountains in the Colorado Rockies, where majestic scenery blends with a lively history.
Whether you’re looking to rent out the entire house or one of the 3 units, there’s something for everyone. The house is made up of the Main Unit, the Parlor Unit, and the Attic Loft. Each space is completely private from the rest of the house and has a dedicated parking spot. There is free Wi-Fi available along with Netflix and HBO.
THE MAIN UNIT
The private entrance to the Main Unit opens into the former Governor's entertainment quarters with a 12-foot ceiling, crystal chandelier, and gas fireplace with original mantel. The living room has a pool table, extremely comfortable leather couches, an antique armoire, a fireplace, and a TV.
It has 3 bedrooms on the second floor.
The master bedroom has a queen-size bed with luxurious pillows, a private en-suite bathroom (with jacuzzi), mirror and reproduction wallpaper imported from England. This room also has original wood flooring dating back to 1881. The two guest rooms each come with queen beds, TVs, and beautiful fireplaces (non-functioning, with original brass mantels). The kitchen is fully equipped with a cooktop range, refrigerator, microwave, toaster, coffeemaker, and table with four chairs.
THE PARLOR UNIT
The private entrance to the Parlor Unit opens into a formal parlor with a 12-foot ceiling, crystal chandelier, and gas fireplace with original mantel. The parlor has an antique dresser, wing-back chair, antique armoire, and smart TV are also located in the living room.
The master bedroom has a queen size bed with luxurious pillows, an antique dresser and mirror and reproduction wallpaper imported from England. This room also has original wood flooring dating back to 1881. The fully equipped kitchen has a cook top range, refrigerator, microwave, toaster, coffeemaker and table with four chairs. Delicate floral wallpaper and lace curtains add to the charm. Off of the hall between the kitchen and bedroom is a private bath with a shower. The black-and-white geometric tile floor, mahogany sink cabinet and wainscotting on the walls give this modern bath an old-fashioned feel.
This suite sleeps a maximum four people. There are doors between the bedroom and hall and the kitchen and parlor for privacy.
THE ATTIC LOFT
The master suite in the Attic Loft is very large and charming. It has a king-size bed with an ornate white iron headboard, a sink with vanity, a large walk-in closet, an antique dresser and mirror, and a wing-back chair in a cozy sitting area. The original plank pine floors are covered with oriental-style rugs. A cozy dormer bedroom with 2 twin beds is off of the living room. A dresser and matching nightstand are also in this room. The living room and kitchen share the same space in a large central area. The living room has a sofa, antique upholstered chair, writing desk and cable TV.