If those Facebook memes proclaiming Christmas a mere 14 Saturdays away make you cringe, you just might hate this.
Alas, it’s not our job to pick and choose what we report. So here it is: The 2017 holiday ornament from the Governor’s Residence is now available for order.
The commemorative ornament, “Wishing Well,” was created by Denver’s Whitney Designs and is ninth in a series, according to a Sept. 14 email from a PR firm promoting its sale. Made of brass and “hand-finished in sparkling 24-karat gold,” it will set you back $30 plus shipping and handling, which you won’t incur if you purchase it at the residence during free holiday tours in December.
A bit of background on the ornament’s inspiration is sure to delight history buffs:
Few changes were made to the elegant mansion on Eighth Avenue when Claude and Edna Boettcher purchased it other than redecorating and refurnishing. The main architectural alteration was the enlargement of the room known as the Palm Room in 1926, to provide a place for entertaining at the Governor’s Residence. Included in the addition was a half-moon shaped room to the right which was filled with palms and other tropical plants to accentuate its beautiful white marble. In the center of the sunken room is a historic century old white marble wellhead which came from Florence, Italy with cherub and floral garland motifs in haut relief under a bronzed metal arched trellis with a jardiniere bucket. It took the Boettchers five years of historical research and negotiation to get it to America. The Mansion Wishing Well is encircled by lovely patterned terrazzo flooring in shades of pastel green and rose.
Visitors to the Mansion delight in many extraordinary objects and pieces of art throughout the home that the Boettchers acquired but the Wishing Well is often mentioned as a highlight by guests to the Mansion.
Ornaments from past years have included “Boettcher Mansion,” “White House Chandelier,” “Governor’s Garden” and “Garden Gazebo.” Those that have not sold out are available here, at the Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund website, though the email states that the entire collection may be purchased for $270.
All proceeds go to the Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund, “an inclusive, non-partisan 501(c)3 dedicated to preserving the historic Governor’s Residence at the Boettcher Mansion in perpetuity for the people of Colorado to enjoy.”
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas ….