Writing the Next Chapter for the Historic Astor House

The Astor House Alliance (AHA!) is an ad-hoc group of citizens concerned fro the preservation and future use of the Astor House. We originally had planned to hold two public meetings at the end of March and early April, but with the pandemic shutdowns we switched gears to an on-line survey. We began by asking people to “Dream Big.” We had 146 responses and a lot of thoughtful answers. After summarizing the results, we followed up with a second survey–“Get Real!”–that narrowed ideas by factoring in practicality and cost. There were 124 responses to this survey. You can find results of both surveys and our recommendations to City Council below.

June 10, 2020
Findings and Recommendations of the Astor House Alliance (AHA!)

May 31, 2020
SURVEY #2 RESULTS – Summary
SURVEY #2 RESULTS – Unabridged


May 16, 2020
Survey #2 – Get Real

The second survey about the Astor House is now underway. We hope you have read the results of the first survey (see below). This second survey brings in some practicality about this historic property. These factors include size, cost to rehabilitate, public investment to date, the challenge of small museums, potential sources of funding, historic preservation, and ownership. Considering the results of the first survey and the realities presented we are providing an opportunity for you to refine your thoughts about your preferences for use(es). You will be asked about who could manage your preferred uses of the Astor House and who could bear the cost.

This series of surveys is put together by some of the members of the Astor House Alliance (AHA!), an ad-hoc group of citizens for the preservation and use of the Astor House. Results are being widely shared with Golden City Council, City of Golden staff, Golden boards and commissions, local non-profit organizations, neighborhood groups, and a growing list of interested individuals.

Survey preparers:

  • William and Sarah Litz, Golden Landmarks Association
  • Barb Warden, GoldenToday.com and author of local history publications
  • Meg Van Ness, historic preservation professional and served on Golden boards and commissions
  • Janine Sturdevant, concerned neighbor, Past HPB Chair, Past President GLA, Past President Foothills Arts Center
  • Suzy Stutzman, past and present service on Golden boards and commissions
  • Rick Gardner, Gardner History, Golden Landmarks Association, Jefferson County Historical Commission

May 2, 2020
Results of Survey #1 – Dream Big

The first survey results are in and summarized from the ad-hoc citizen’s group for the preservation and use of the Astor House (we now call ourselves AHA! for Astor House Alliance).  We originally had planned to hold two public meetings at the end of March and early April, but with the virus shutdowns we switched gears to an on-line survey.  We are very pleased that we had 146 responses and a lot of thoughtful answers. We have chosen to follow the approach the City uses on master plan projects.  We began by asking people to Dream Big.  We plan to follow soon with subsequent surveys that will start to narrow ideas by factoring in practicality and cost.

See the results of the “Dream Big” survey.


March 20, 2020

With respect to current conditions, the upcoming community meetings regarding the future of the Astor House have been postponed.  In place of the meetings we hope you will participate in a series of short surveys where your input will be recorded.  This is the first in the series and focuses on the community’s ideas for the future of the Astor House…dream BIG.  Later surveys will focus on financial sustainability and long-term protection of the Astor House.

The future of the Astor House, one of Golden’s most historic buildings, is uncertain.  In the past it has served as a hotel, boarding house, and a museum.  The future of the Astor House is wide open.  It could be used as a “flex space” for various purposes during the day and others during the evening or transition from one use during the week to another on weekends.  It could change uses through the year.  In order to maintain its viability in the future, what is decided today as important doesn’t mean it will be the same years from now.  So again, think BIG and let us know what your thought on what the next chapter should look like.

Take the DREAM BIG SURVEY!

March 20, 2020
SURVEY #1 NOW CLOSED