419 West 14th Street
Pueblo, Colorado 81003
The mansion, designed by noted Victorian architect Henry Hudson Holly of New York, was built at a cost of $60,750.00. The 24,000 sq. ft. home is constructed in the Richardsonian Romanesque style, of pink volcanic stone, quarried near Castle Rock, Colorado.
Rosemount features beautiful oak, cherry, maple and mahogany woodwork. The home's golden oak entrance hall exhibits a coffered ceiling and the largest of the home's Tiffany chandeliers. The dramatic oak staircase nearby directs you past an exquisite 9 x 13 foot stained glass window, "Kingdoms of Nature," designed by Charles Booth of New York. The Thatcher family dedicated the windows as a memorial to Lenore and Albert, their two children who did not live to see Rosemount completed.
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John Thatcher was born in Perry County, Pennsylvania. Lured by the excitement of the West, he moved from Pennsylvania to Colorado. He began his adult life as a school teacher and later worked as a store clerk and a tannery employee and again as a clerk in Denver before opening his general store in Pueblo in 1863. He was joined by his younger brother Mahlon in 1865 and in 1871 the brothers opened a bank, chartered one year later as the First National Bank of Pueblo.
Between 1863 and 1913, John Thatcher invested in many successful business ventures. He was a good listener and storyteller with a remarkable memory. He anonymously contributed to many charities.
Margaret Thatcher was born in 1848 in Platville, Wisconsin. Her mother died when she was five years old. Her father later remarried and in 1859, the Henry family moved to Pueblo, At 16, Margaret became the first public school teacher in Pueblo. Two years later, she married John Thatcher. Giving up school teaching for motherhood, Margaret gave birth to two daughters and three sons.
Margaret worked closely with John in planning Rosemount. She selected the furniture and the 26 Persian, Turkish and Oriental hand-woven area rugs for the floors. She supported her husband's business ventures and John Thatcher acknowledged his wife's pioneering spirit and loyal cooperation.