The handsome and modern residence erected by Lyman Robison in South Cañon is one of the most lovely building sites in this part of the country.
The three-story brick edifice, built in the Second Empire style, was constructed of native sandstone and pressed bricks from the local brickyard. The exterior of the Robison home included two-story bay windows on both the east and west sides of the mansion. . The caps of all the windows and doors were detailed with Berlin stone and elegantly chiseled in the latest stonecutter style. The mansard roof, covered with metal shingles, was surrounded by a wide heavy cornice and included a cast iron widow’s walk. Gothic windows on the third floor, graced the upper portion of the mansion.
The interior of The Robison Mansion was nothing short of a construction wonder. Formal parlor rooms lent an air of opulence. The ceilings were enhanced with a rose and leaf motif painted in gold. From high tall ceilings, fine chandeliers graced the rooms with their light. The winding Honduran mahogany staircase, imported from Austria, entirely hand-crafted using no nails, rose in grand splendor through the three stories of the mansion. The three fireplaces in the home were imported from Italy and their ornamental tiling and mahogany woodwork complemented the grand stairway. The kitchen, a technological wonder, extended to the second floor. The first floor of the kitchen included the finest of appliances available, a large pantry and a china closet. The second floor of the kitchen, a scaled down version of the main kitchen, catered to the private needs of the family. The second floor contained the family bedrooms, rooms for the servants, (seven in all) and a bathroom. The third floor had two large rooms with hardwood flooring, intended for social parties, dancing and family entertainment.
A two-story porch at the entrance to the home was supported by classic columns. A second porch and patio, at the back of the home, allowed for outdoor entertainment. The grounds were well landscaped, including trees, shrubs and flowers, and were surrounded by an iron fence set upon a sandstone foundation.
A large two-story barn or carriage house located behind the mansion completed the Robison property. The ground floor contained stalls for horses, two cow stalls, and an area for two buggies. An elevated rack for washing wagons was also installed. The second story contained a large hay loft, a harness room and sleeping quarters for the stable help.
Robison Mansion Through the Years
And the Rest was History
The Robison Family built this mansion as the Social Center for the area. The Robison’s entertained Governors, Senators, and many other distinguished guests. Their parties were legendary throughout Southern Colorado. They loved opening their home to numerous guests and life’s celebrations. The Robison Mansion & Carriage House strives to carry on that tradition.
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