Georgetown-Silverplume National Historic District

Georgetown Maxwell House
The Maxwell House was built by a grocer and became one of the most famous in Georgetown, noted for its high Victorian architecture with a mansard roof and third-story cupola. | Photo by Jennifer Riefenberg / flickr

Staff writer

The historic buildings in Georgetown and neighboring Silver Plume were designated the Georgetown-Silver Plume National Historic District by the National Park Service, which regarded the Victorian buildings as so well-preserved that they “are reminiscent of a bygone era.”

Georgetown was described as “unique among Colorado’s mining towns” because the wealth of the mining district was centered there and the residents sought to reproduce the classic architecture and culture of the East. Much of that Victorian atmosphere remains.

Silver Plume, by contrast, was the work center, home for most of the mines and working class homes. The mining district was second only to Leadville for silver production.

Georgetown’s historic buildings have drawn Hollywood filmmakers. The down was a location for the 1973 Clint Eastwood movie “Every Which Way But Lose,” the 1986 made-for-TV movie “The Christmas Gift” starring John Denver and 1998’s “Phantoms.”

Georgetown Gateway Visitor Center
1491 Argentine St.
Georgetown, CO 80444
(303) 569-2405
National Park Service survey (PDF)