Green Gables Country Club

Address: 6800 West Jewell Avenue Lakewood 80232

Originally this was the "honeymoon cottage" for Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Z. Reed, Jr., constructed in 1921 at the intersection of today's South Wadsworth Blvd. And West Jewell Avenue. It was named Green Gables for its tiled roof and the green painted dormer windows on the third floor. Mr. Reed sold the home in April 1929 to Green Gables Realty Company, actually Meyer Neusteter, for $75,000. Mr. Neusteter was a member of the Progress Club which served the growing Jewish Community. Club members and friends convinced Neusteter to sell Green Gables as headquarters for a country club,which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1979-1980. The Progress Club was remembered as "nothing more than a dance hall and a meal." Now its members could enjoy tennis as well as golf, plus a new swimming pool built to replace the sanded narrow beach on the shore of Ward Reservoir. These facilities were gradually added:the first nine holes of the golf club were completed in 1931, the second during WWII, tennis courts followed. Members enjoyed boating on the lake and Joe Sperte, Denver restauranteur became club manager, his talents made Green Gables on of the top dining establishments in the Denver area, ranking alongside the Brown Palace Hotel. In late November of 1983, a fire broke out in the third floor of the mansion. The third floor and the kitchen were both damaged but ironically the club voted to spend more than $2 million on extensive renovation weeks earlier. They kept the architectural shell intact. Assessed valuation of the main mansion alone in 1983 was $467.450 and the land occupied by club buildings was listed at 130 acres.
Quad Map/Date: Fort Logan 1965(1994)
Sec/Town/Range: S26,T4S,R69W
Source: “Lakewood Colorado An Illustrated Biography” by Patricia Wilcox 1994
Last Modified: Mon, December 3 2012

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