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Rooms Worthy of Naming
Christening the home and all of it spaces with names personalized the project during its design phase. "We had a lot of fun coming up with names rather than just going with the architect's conventional Bedroom 1, 2, 3," says Jerry. Coupling their last name with the Gosford Park movie title and adding a common Colorado term, the home's name emerged—Hassford Gulch. Naming rooms was "part of the fun," claims Jerry. Rooms were christened based on antiques, family history, historical fact, or plain whimsy.
A walk down the Franklin Gallery in the lower level bears this out. Influenced heavily by the "below-stairs" rooms where the servants toiled in Gosford Park, this center hallway with its unique, chevron-patterned barnwood plank and antique-oak beamed ceiling, is flanked by a series of rooms. The Franklin Gallery acquired its name from the eight exquisite leaded glass windows inset in the doorways that lead to these rooms. Purchased at auction, each of the windows was harvested from a 1920’s Philadelphia pub, and each has a center medallion depicting an aspect of Ben Franklin's life.
Off the Franklin Gallery are six rooms of various functions. The BearKat Parlour is a sitting room named after the Hassebroek's two children; the Julius A. Cox Buffalo Bar honors Jerry's great grandfather, who participated in 1870's buffalo hunts around Dodge City. A highlight of the Buffalo Bar is the bar itself, purchased at auction. "The bar was imported from England, and was formerly installed in a London pub. The antique stained glass, lower front dark oak panel, and trim pieces above the sink are original, while new oak paneling restored other parts of the bar. Our local carpenters assembled it on site and trimmed it to fit the space," explains Jerry.
A kitchen equipped for a gourmet chef: The Hassebroek's kitchen can accommodate intimate cooking for two or grand fundraiser dinners. Shop our Kitchen & Entertaining collection to find a wide collection of commercial-quality cookware for your own home.
Also connected to the Franklin Gallery is the Texas Theater media room with its Stuart 110-inch screen, so-named as a nod to Pam's home state. The Oh-Be-Joyful Suite and Fantasy Ranch Bunk Room (named for an old mine and a horse riding ranch near Crested Butte) were designed with the Hassebroeks' nephew, their grandchildren, and the children’s parents in mind. The Traveler’s Suite is also part of the below-stairs rooms. At the Atlanta History Center, the couple learned about a “traveler’s room,” a turn-of-the-century practice of attaching a simple sleeping room for travelers, accessible from the front porch of a house, but not from the interior. Hence, the Traveler's Suite at Hassford Gulch has its own outside entrance and an interior door to the Franklin Gallery is lockable from the rest of the house. It's ideal for a variety of visitors, a household manager, or housekeeper. The suite includes a spacious bedroom, full bath, and a complete kitchen.
After Jerry drew up his own set of house plans in early 2001, the basis for Hassford Gulch was in place. The Hassebroeks chose Spitzmiller and Norris (S&N) of Atlanta as architects. Jerry and Pam say they trusted their own instincts as the plans came into focus, and had utmost confidence in S&N ever since they renovated the Hassebroeks' Atlanta home during in the mid-'90s. "S&N shared common objectives, like attention to detail, continuity of architectural theme, and a desire for comfortable elegance using muted color schemes," Jerry says. "Integrating inner spaces with the outdoors through use of windows, doors, and decks was another priority. We wanted to show off the vastness our wonderful valley provides. It's important to have a good working relationship with an excellent architect you trust."
"Integrating inner spaces with the outdoors … was another priority. We wanted to show off the vastness our wonderful valley provides," says Jerry. Create your own welcoming entryway with our Outdoor Living necessities.
When General Contractor Peter O'Rourke told Jerry in an interview that he liked projects with lots of unique challenges, Jerry knew he'd found the right group. O'Rourke Construction of Crested Butte broke ground for Hassford Gulch in April 2002. Three years later, in summer 2005, the family moved in. The construction took place on "Crested Butte time," as Jerry explains. In deep winter, construction work slows. "We had to work around the craftsmen’s lifestyles, with time off for skiing and other pursuits. It's more laid back here, which is one reason folks come to work in Crested Butte."
Plenty of craftsmen had a hand in Hassford Gulch's creation. Lead carpenter Matt Thompson of Thompson Construction was the master touch behind the framing, detailed beam, trim, and paneling wood work. The Hassebroeks hired local artist and blacksmith, John Murphy, to create several dozen chandeliers, sconces, handrails, brackets, curtain rods, and more, because, Jerry says, to achieve an authentic old English feel, they wanted extensive use of black wrought iron.
Christmas in Crested Butte
With the explosion of fall colors on the aspen trees now past in Crested Butte, the Hassebroeks find themselves preparing for family Christmas at Hassford Gulch. While their home glows inside and out with holiday decorations from Frontgate, they reflect on what made its construction such a happy experience. "Fortunately, I was retired and intimately focused on the design and construction. I was able to stay on top of things on a daily basis, able to make that time commitment," admits Jerry. Pam adds, "We had patience. We didn't rush the craftspeople who spent so much time creating beautiful things for us."
Even though Pam and Jerry love to golf together, Jerry laughs that one of the reasons they're inseparable after 37 years of marriage is because they don’t offer golf instructions to the other unless asked. It's apparent, however, that the success of their collaboration on Hassford Gulch can be attributed to other interests they share—both are passionate Anglophiles, both have a strong commitment to their heritage and family, and both take pride in their own good taste and the timeless elegance of antiques they've selected with care and love.
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