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Thomas M. Field House Records

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: WH1151

Scope and Contents

Collection contains historical background and restoration fund drive documentation; reports; map; correspondence; press releases; proposed legislation; newspaper clippings; several annual reports of the State Home for Dependent and Neglected Children; and South Denver Community Center articles of incorporation, tax papers, meeting minutes, and dissolution papers.


  • 1951-1953, 1979-1990


Language of Materials

Material is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.

Biographical / Historical

Thomas Moore Field was an early Colorado pioneer. He served as Denver City Treasurer from 1874-1876 and again in 1878. In 1893, he constructed a single-family home at 2305 South Washington Street in Denver, that was later converted to a State Home for Dependent Children in 1902 (operating 1903-1960). The institution lasted until the 1960s, after which when the Thomas Field House sat empty. Owned first by the state, then by the city, it gradually deteriorated. In 1979, a group of people calling themselves the South Denver Community Center had the house designated as a Denver Landmark. They struggled to have the house renovated as a community center, but did not succeed in raising enough money. On March 8, 1987, the house was destroyed by arson and the city decided to tear it down. The South Denver Community Center was disbanded in 1989 and donated these papers to the Denver Public Library.


.5 box

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Myra Sahir-Silan, June 1990


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

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