Godley/Johnson House

Address6301 W. 26th Ave., Wheat Ridge 80214
QuadArvada, 1965 (1980)
SectionS25, T3S, R69W
Elevationc. 5450
SourceJohnson, "Early Days in Wheat Ridge;" Varnell, Wheat Ridge Sentinel," August 14, 1975, p. 4A; Colorado Cultural Resource Survey - Historic Architectural Survey Form #5JF.425, Robert Olson, 1998.
Initialdate1993-10-26 00:00:00-06
Latestdate1999-04-07 00:00:00-06
HistoryThis c. 1882 Late Victorian, rectangular, 2 story, cross-gabled, brick, 3256 sq. ft. house was built for Eva St. C. Millet. Lavina and John Whitman owned the house from 1887 to 1898. The Whitmans had come from New York to Colorado for health reasons. Their son, Walker Whitman, was a dramatist and a Shakespearean actor. Trained in the East, he was the favorite performer at the Wheat Ridge Lyceum and a member of the Elitch Summer Stock Company. Later, Whitman would play Broadway and tour Europe for years. Lester M. Godley, a sales manager for Liebhardt Commission Company and owner of Arnett-Godley Commission Company, purchased the house in 1898. He later built a four-level tree house for his daughter, Sophie, who entertained college friends in it. Sophie was a Denver University Alumna and taught Edison School in Denver for years. Sophie Godley, inherited the house in 1923 and kept it until her death in 1965. Stanley E. Johnson, an engineer, purchased the house from her estate.