A Request For Proposals (RFP) has been issued to help determine the best possible future uses for the Astor House.
The Astor House inhabits a special part of Golden’s history and lore. The 150-year-old structure was built in 1867 and served as a hotel and boarding house for more than a century. The building was saved from demolition in the 1970s, came under City ownership, and was made into an historic house museum. In 2015, the Astor House underwent a major structural rehabilitation that effectively left the building structurally stable but the interior gutted with no ceilings, walls, plumbing, or electrical. The decision was made to not complete interior finishes until a determination is made as to the use or disposition of property. Cost estimates anticipate a minimum of $500,000 to make the building inhabitable. The City replaced the roof in August 2018. The property is zoned C-2.
The City previously considered several options for building use. These included other types of museums, office space, bed and breakfasts, special event rental space, conference space, etc. An extensive feasibility study was conducted in 2017 to evaluate a Colorado Beer Museum concept for the property. The findings of the study were that the standalone Astor House is an insufficient and inadequate space for a successful Colorado Beer Museum and that the Astor House is ill-suited for ANY standalone museum to sustain itself. Copies of the complete feasibility study are available for review.
While the City’s Golden History Museum and Park division utilized the building in the past, staff determined that the structure is not ideal for any current municipal use. According to the City Attorney, because the property was purchased for municipal use, any other type of use would be subject to a vote of the people for approval. City Council directed staff to solicit Requests for Proposals (RFP’s) to help determine best potential future uses and whether or not a vote of the people would be required.
To view the RFP including guidelines and submission deadlines, please check out our Bids and Proposals page.