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City to foreclose on historic Bosler House
Bosler House
The Bosler House in 2012
In an effort to ensure the rehabilitation and preservation of the historic Bosler House at 3209 W. Fairview, the city of Denver has filed an action to foreclose on the property and appoint a receiver. 
The 1875 building, designated a Denver historic landmark in 1984, has been in disrepair since 2009, with the roof open to the elements. Attempts to work with the owner to bring the property into compliance with city maintenance and preservation requirements have not been successful, and the property has amassed $560,000 in liens.
The Bosler House is an individually landmarked structure -- one of only 332 in the city. It is significant not only for its Italianate architecture but also for its history in the development of Denver and its association with Ambrose Bosler and W.H. Yankee, two early settlers of the West Highland area of Denver. It and the other individually landmarked buildings are considered irreplaceable. 
The city has asked the Denver District Court to appoint a "receiver" to act temporarily as a property manager and caretaker of the house. Appointment of the receiver will allow the city to move forward with a historic structure assessment, funded by a History Colorado grant. A historic structure assessment is performed by an architect or structural engineer and results in a report on the building's physical condition. The assessment will help the city and any future owner make informed decisions regarding future restoration.
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