The Historic Mansion


OCTOBER 17,1914 - John Charles Shaffer purchased the first 2,660 acres of what would become the Ken-Caryl Ranch for $100,000.  He and his wife, Virginia Conser Shaffer (1850 – 1932), named it Ken-Caryl after their sons, Kent and Carroll.  John Charles Shaffer (1852 – 1943) was born in Baltimore. He arrived in Chicago in 1874 where he worked as a grain commission trader. A few years later he purchased his first street railway company, in Richmond, Indiana. From there he purchased street car lines in Indianapolis and Chicago. In 1901 he purchased the Chicago Evening Post newspaper and from there went on to acquire a string of newspapers in the Midwest. After visiting his son, Kent, who was living in Denver, in 1913 Shaffer expanded his empire with the purchase of the Rocky Mountain News, the Denver Times, and the Denver Republican newspapers.

The Denver Times reported that “Mr. Shaffer gave instructions for the drawing of plans for a summer home modeled on the colonial style, to cost approximately $100,000. This building will be situated on the highest portion of the estate and is prophesied to become the nucleus of a colony of summer retreats for millionaires.” He immediately commissioned the architect Edbrooke, famous for his work on the Brown Palace, Oxford Hotel and many other prominent Denver buildings. 

The Manor House included over 8,000 square feet of living area, with 20 rooms, six baths and a living room that was 80 feet long with mirrored fireplaces at each end. The dining room featured an enormous picture window overlooking a view so spectacular it was treated as a painting. Special draperies were designed to frame the view without obscuring it.

The Shaffers had friends in high places. Shaffer supported Theodore Roosevelts’ Bull Moose party, and was friends with presidents William Taft and Warren Harding. Indiana Senator Albert Beveridge was one of his closest and oldest friends. President Theodore Roosevelt was a luncheon guest at the Manor House on October 24, 1916. Shaffer’s relationship with Roosevelt was so close in 1917 that he carried a letter granting him immediate admittance to the president (this letter currently is on display in the lounge).  Presidents were not the only distinguished guests of The Manor House.  The Shaffers hosted other industrial cheiftans, actors, musicians and other promient figures from the era.

The 110 foot flagpole behind The Manor House has a light at the top that was originally battery operated.  The light could be seen from Denver through the saddle of the Dakota Hogback and when lit was an invitation to the social community to come join the Shaffers for a grand celebration.

We are proud to continue this tradition of hosting special guests and memorable events at The Historic Manor House.


Your wedding day, one of the happiest and most important days of your life, should be nothing short of perfection. Simple yet elegant, romantic and magical - your ceremony at The Manor House will be everything you have always dreamed of. The 6 acres of the Mansion are exclusively yours to enjoy during the wedding. With numerous indoor and outdoor settings to choose from, The Manor House will help you plan a ceremony personalized just for you. Whether it be an outdoor ceremony against the dramatic backdrop of Dry Creek Canyon, or a cozy intimate gathering near one of our two fireplaces, The Manor House is sure to have something that will suit your needs.

It is the philosophy of The Manor House to strive for perfection through our meticulous attention to detail, and our professional and experienced staff have been trained to do just that. Our on-site event manager will take you through the process of creating and personalizing the wedding you desire, and will be there on your special day to ensure that everything goes as smoothly as planned. 

Send us an email, or give us a call and we would be happy to forward you a wedding packet. 

Manor House Lounge

Open May-December


*Closed for the Winter Season*

The Manor House is open to the public on Wednesday evenings from 5pm to 10pm. Each week we feature live music, drink specials and food options. Dress is casual. Reservations are not accepted but large parties or meetup groups are encouraged to call ahead. 

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Kent's Cottage

Built in 1917

John C. Shaffer had two sons, Kent and Carroll, which is how this gorgeous valley came to be named Ken Caryl. John Shaffer decided to build The Manor House in the foothills of Colorado because his son Kent had health issues that the high altitude alleviated. We have recently updated the historic home and it is now available to be rented the night of your special event!

Frequent visitors to The Manor House and guests of Kent’s House included Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, Will Rogers the humorist, as well as stars of the Chicago Opera Company and the entire Denham Stock Company. The house is located directly adjacent to The Manor House and has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, an office, kitchen, and a large living area. It comfortably sleeps six people.

We very much look forward to your stay at Historic Kent's Cottage.


1 Manor House Rd.
Littleton, CO 80127

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