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Rosemount Museum

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Rosemount Museum
Established1969 (1969)
Location419 West 14th Street
Pueblo, Colorado, US
Coordinates38°16′50″N 104°36′43.5″W / 38.28056°N 104.612083°W / 38.28056; -104.612083
TypeHistoric house museum
Key holdingsEgyptian mummy[1]
Executive directorDeb Darrow[2]
Coordinates38°16′50″N 104°36′43.5″W / 38.28056°N 104.612083°W / 38.28056; -104.612083
Area5 acres (2.0 ha)
Built1893 (1893)
Built byMcGonigle[3]
ArchitectHenry Hudson Holly[4]
Architectural styleLate Victorian[4]
Richardsonian Romanesque[5]
Queen Anne[6]
NRHP reference No.74000592
Added to NRHPJuly 30, 1974

The Rosemount Museum, pronounced "Rosemont"[7] is a historic house museum in Pueblo, Colorado, it is situated on a square block at the corner of one of the highest points in north Pueblo[3] and across the street from Parkview Medical Center. It is a 24,000-square-foot, three story mansion with attic and basement and contains thirty-seven rooms. It was begun in 1891 and completed in 1893 for John A. Thatcher and his family.[8] A 6,000-square-foot carriage house was also built on the property.[9]


John Thatcher moved from Pennsylvania to Colorado, where he prospered in the dry goods business before branching into banking, mining, and cattle ranching. He married Margaret Ann Henry of Platteville, WI in 1866. Built with pink Rhyolite volcanic rock for the exterior and a multitude of different woods for the interior; cherry, mahogany, maple and oak, the mansion housed the Thatcher family for decades. John, the patriarch of the family passed in 1913 and his last living child, Raymond C. Thatcher died in 1968.

After Raymond's death the mansion was donated to the city of Pueblo who in turn donated the property to the Metropolitan Museum Association. In 1969 a public trust was established by the Thatcher family for the creation of a nonprofit[10] house museum.[11]

Rosemount along with the Goodnight Barn were the first places in Pueblo County added to the National Register of Historic Places. Both were added on July 30, 1974.


The house and most of its furnishings remain as they were when the family lived there.[3][12]

The third floor houses the Andrew McClelland collection of artifacts. McClelland was a wealthy magnate and acquaintance of the family. He gathered the artifacts on his travels around the world including an Egyptian mummy.[13][14][9]


  • The interior of the Rosemount appears in the Terrence Malick directed film, Badlands. Where it serves as the interior of the rich man's (portrayed by John Carter) house.[15]
  • The Rosemount is featured in A&E's America's Castles in the episode "Frontier Castles" which originally aired in August of 1994.[16]
  • The Rosemount is profiled in HGTV's "Christmas Castles" in an episode that aired December 24, 1999.[17]


  1. ^ "Digging For The Truth: 7 Things You Might Not Know About Mummies". 29 January 2014. Retrieved 22 March 2019. Until 1946, tourists to Egypt could buy a mummy as a souvenir. Andrew McClelland, a wealthy businessman from Pueblo, Colorado purchased the mummies we saw in Denver's Mummy Exhibit (they are currently on loan from Pueblo's Rosemont Museum) in 1904 while touring the world. Wishing to share his experiences with people at home, he shipped the mummies back to Pueblo, where they were put on display with other "curiosities" - objects bought during his travels.
  2. ^ Knuth, Sara (11 December 2014). "A Christmas Ago". Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form". Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  4. ^ a b "NPGallery Digital Asset Management System". Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  5. ^ Wommack, Linda (11 November 2014). "Chapter 8: ROSEMOUNT—PUEBLO—1893 - The Rose of Pueblo". Historic Colorado Mansions & Castles. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 9781625852861. As Holly's design of a grand mansion in the popular Richardsonian Romanesque style of the era began, the landscaping was well underway.
  6. ^ Holly, Henry (1993). Holly's Picturesque Country Seats: A Complete Reprint of the 1863 Classic. Courier Corporation. ISBN 9780486278568. Perhaps best described as a 37-room Queen Anne mansion struggling against the rising tide of Richardsonian Romanesque.
  7. ^ Garcia Simms, Charlene; Sanchez Tucker, Maria; DeHerrera, Jeffrey (Jan 16, 2017). Pueblo. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 9781439659120.
  8. ^ "Rosemount Mansion (Thatcher Mansion)". Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  9. ^ a b Fontenay, Blake (10 February 2018). "Pueblo 101: Rosy visit to the Rosemount Museum". The Pueblo Chieftain. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Rosemount Museum". Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  11. ^ Wommack, Linda (2014). "Chapter 8: ROSEMOUNT—PUEBLO—1893 - The Rose of Pueblo". Historic Colorado Mansions & Castles. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 9781625852861.
  12. ^ Lampe, Nel (2 April 2015). "Rosemount Museum: One of the nation's finest Victorian-era mansions". Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  13. ^ DuVal, Linda (26 May 1996). "Pueblo mansion features craftsmanship - and mummy/Rosemount was wonder in its day" (PDF). Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  14. ^ "Egyptian Mummies". Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  15. ^ Hunt, Holly. "Badlands Revisited". Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  16. ^ "America's Castles (TV Series) Frontier Castles (1994)". IMDb. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  17. ^ "Christmas Castles". TV Guide. Retrieved 22 March 2019.

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