Following renovations this year, the Tears-McFarlane house will feature a conservatory cafe on its park-side property
For the second time in 40 years, Cheesman Park is getting its own cafe, open to the public and set inside a glass conservatory with garden seating.
Renovations will begin later this year on the 122-year-old Tears-McFarlane house, adding a new cafe with a patio to the property that sits at the north end of Cheesman Park.
Local partners on the project on Monday announced preliminary details and renderings of the restaurant, which will serve all-day fare from coffee and pastries, to lunch, wine and casual dinner. Diners will be able to sit inside the new glassed-in conservatory dining room, which replaces a 1980s annex building. There also will be a garden patio with tables, all overlooking Cheesman Park.
The property is located right along the park, at 13th Avenue and North Williams Street.
“The Tears-McFarlane mansion will be transformed into a space that captures the spirit of Cheesman Park, the people who live in the surrounding neighborhoods and visitors who want to enjoy part of Denver’s history,” Travis Leiker, president and executive director of Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods (CHUN), said in a release.
CHUN is working with Denver’s City Street Investors (see projects such as Denver Union Station and Eastbridge at Stapleton) and local architects Semple Brown (see Denver Union Station Block A and restaurants such as Steuben’s) on the renovation.
The conservatory will be the first phase of the project, which will continue with updates to the main house’s gathering spaces. More details will be released later this summer, the partners said.
Since 1977, the Tears-McFarlane house has operated under the city of Denver and later CHUN as the Capitol Hill Community Center, hosting non-profit and community meetings as well as private offices and events.
The home was designed in the Colonial Revival style by Varian and Sterner architects and completed in 1899. Daniel Tears was the first homeowner, followed by Frederick McFarlane in 1937. It first sold to investors in 1972, and then to the city in 1977. For a brief period in the early ’80s, it was the site of The Cheesman Park Café.
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