“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Breckenridge in Summit County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)

The Hearthstone

Over 100 Years of Victorian Charm

The Hearthstone Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 2, 2012
1. The Hearthstone Marker
Inscription. The Hearthstone building was established in 1883. The original structure was build and owned by the Kaiser family, who ran a market on Lincoln St., when Breckenridge existed as a thriving mining community. The Hearthstone building itself has survived a fire, housed some of the first families of Breckenridge, and currently serves as the home of Hearthstone Casual Dining.
Location. 39° 28.859′ N, 106° 2.67′ W. Marker is in Breckenridge, Colorado, in Summit County. Marker is at the intersection of South Ridge Street and Washington Avenue on South Ridge Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 130 South Ridge Street, Breckenridge CO 80424, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Mary's Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Barney L. Ford (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Exchange (about 400 feet away); Summit County Courthouse (about 500 feet away); Site of Argyle Dance Hall (about 500 feet away); Riverwalk - Blue River Restoration (about 600 feet away); William Harrison Briggle House (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Wedding House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Breckenridge.
Also see . . .  History of the Hearthstone
The Hearthstone and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 2, 2012
2. The Hearthstone and Marker
. A brief history on the restaurant's own website (paraphrased below):
This “home” was originally constructed in the early 1880s as a home for Christ Kaiser, an immigrant from Germany who ran a market and butcher shop on Lincoln Street. In the late 1800s and early 1900s many prominent business owners lived in this neighborhood. Alice Kaiser Sandefer, granddaughter of Christ Kaiser, used to share her stories of the "old days" when she visited the Hearthstone from time to time, and generously donated many historic photographs of the house and the Kaiser family which now decorate the walls upstairs in the Victorian Lounge.

As can be seen from some of the photographs, the building has undergone a number of renovations and additions over the years. Since the late 60s it has been the home of several restaurants, most famously Andrea’s Pleasure Palace during the 1970s and early 1980s.

In 1989, the building was purchased by the current occupants and, after a bit of renovation and redecorating, re-opened that November as the Hearthstone Restaurant. (Submitted on August 12, 2012, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
The Hearthstone and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 2, 2012
3. The Hearthstone and Marker
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 368 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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