Our Beautiful Home - Bailey Mansion History

If you’ve ever walked passed or come into our offices, then you have probably wondered at the architecture and history of our many buildings. The main office is in the historic Bailey Mansion. Here’s a little history lesson about this amazing building.

The beautiful Bailey Mansion is located at the corner of 16th Street and Ogden. It is an excellent example of the rich and flavorful history of Denver’s once prominent gold and silver mining influence. When George B. Bailey commissioned architect William Lang to design the Bailey Mansion back in 1889, he would have no idea the impact that the structure would eventually have on defining this period in Denver’s history. Mr. Lang was a very popular architect among Denver’s elite residents, and he designed many other famous Denver homes, including the Molly Brown House.

When the house was completed in 1891, it was touted as being a wonderful collection of Queen Anne architecture and Longmont sandstone exterior. It has an interior elaborately trimmed and finished in a variety of hardwoods, including butternut, oak, cherry, bird’s eye maple and ash. In 1978, the mansion and adjacent carriage house, now the largest remaining structure designed by Lang, was placed on the national Register of Historic Places. It is also a part of the Swallow Hill Historic District. The Bailey mansion is considered by many to be one of the most historic homes in America.

The Bailey Mansion is one of the last remaining examples of the Richardson architectural style within the United States. Denver is one of the few cities that can boast that they have this architectural style since most Richardson-style buildings have been demolished. These very beautiful buildings have been replaced by high rises in inner cities. It’s rare to find such a stunning example of this tradition of architecture, which ceased to be produced after the end of the 19 th century.

The Sawaya Law Firm is proud to call such a beautiful and historic a place as the Bailey Mansion our home. The ideas that William Lang used when designing this architectural masterpiece are the same ones that Michael Sawaya drew upon when he started his law practice in Denver in 1977: Build something unique and special that stands out from the rest of the crowd. Also, build something to be proud of that will withstand the test of time and will be remembered as a symbol of strength and perseverance for as long as it shall stand.

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Michael established The Sawaya Law Firm in 1977 and built it into one of the largest personal injury law firms in Colorado, with more than 20 lawyers and 80 staff members serving clients from five offices located in Denver, Greeley and Colorado Springs. Throughout its history, the firm has stayed true to its 12 Core Values, which emphasize excellence in advocacy and a commitment to providing outstanding client service. Michael studied sociology and economics as an undergraduate student at The Colorado College, and he earned his law degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law. In addition to being involved in several legal and community organizations, Michael enjoys playing music and cooking, and he has written a book on spiritual matters.