In October 2016, as a follow up to our tour of The McAllister House Museum, members from The Woman’s Club of Colorado Springs visited the Pearce-McAllister Cottage in Denver.
The house was built in 1899 for Harold V. and Cara Pearce. In 1907 it was bought by Henry McAllister Jr. and his wife Phebe.
Both Harold V. Pearce and Henry McAllister Jr. were important figures in Colorado’s early history. Pearce succeeded his father as manager of Argo Smelter in Denver. Henry McAllister Jr. was District Attorney in Colorado Springs before moving to Denver where he was counsel for the Denver and Rio Grande Railways.
Henry McAllister Jr. was the son of Major Henry McAllister, owner of the McAllister House in Colorado Springs which WCCS toured in April 2016.
Although Henry McAllister Sr. and his wife were Quaker and lived a very minimal lifestyle,
Henry Jr.’s house was much grander, decorated in the Colonial Revival style of the day.
At the time of our visit, the Pearce-McAllister Cottage housed The Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys.
The museum contains over 10,000 objects dated from 1680 and on.