Not surprisingly, the vision of the 1904 home of F.O. and Flora Stanley being converted to public use through a non-profit organization has been discussed in the community over many years.
After all, it was from this magnificent home that the early 20th-century development of Estes Park was greatly hastened by the Father of Estes Park, F.O. Stanley.
The four-acre site and the home have been very well taken care of in its 118-year existence, by its various owners. Because of that, the property is not only rich in local and regional history but is also well-positioned to be a historic house museum that is very capable of sustaining.
In the fall of 2016, a Board of Directors was formed, to establish The Historic Stanley Home Foundation, which is a Colorado non-profit corporation and a 501 (c ) (3 ), tax-exempt organization.
The Board of Directors from late 2016 through this time, has been busily developing the organization to perform its stated mission, as follows:
“The mission of The Historic Stanley Home Foundation is to purchase, renovate, preserve, and operate Rockside, the F.O. Stanley home as a cultural center for local history education. The home will be an enduring reminder of the evolution and development of Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park.”
The Foundation’s operation is accomplished by a full-time Executive Director, a volunteer Board of Directors of ten individuals, and dozens of volunteers who support our mission.
Thanks to the generous support we received during our Acquisition Capital Campaign in 2019, the Foundation was able to achieve its first major goal of purchasing the Stanley home in February 2020. The Board of Directors looks forward to utilizing the historic building in the many ways that will bring benefits to both our residents and our many visitors.
There is much more to be done! If you would like to support the continuing operation of the Stanley Home Museum, please contact the Executive Director.
We look forward to this long-term mission of protecting and preserving a piece of Estes Park history, which is of great importance to honor the foremost leader in our town’s history.
The Board of Directors of The Historic Stanley Home Foundation hereby asserts our position, that the fulfillment of the Foundation’s mission is of critical importance to our community, state, and visitors from all places.