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Church Ranch History

Church Ranch Westminster CO Hotel

The Denver Marriott Westminster provides guests with a unique lodging experience inspired by the city’s colorful history. Our hotel actually sits on the historic Church Ranch land, originally home to western pioneers, George and Sarah Church, who were drawn to Colorado in 1861 from their native Iowa as tales of golden riches spread throughout the region. However, mining did not prove successful for the couple and they soon turned their attention to farming, purchasing the land currently known as Church Ranch in 1864 for $1,000 and one hundred cord of wood.

The Church family also turned to cattle ranching, but realized that Colorado’s dry climate made it difficult to provide adequate feed for their livestock. Instead of giving up, George Church secured water rights across the region and carved out several irrigation ditches and reservoirs. He was credited as the first to bring water east from the Continental Divide. The family purchased more land over time, and built a two-story frame house that even acted as a stage stop until 1869 when Wells Fargo discontinued that route.

The Church’s farm was a success until the late 1970s when George Church’s 74-year-old son, Charles was faced with financial hardship and forced him to put his family’s land up for bid. In 1990, the property became what is now known as the business corridor of Church Ranch Boulevard.

With 19th-century farm buildings and an old three-story barn, present-day Church Ranch, Westminster CO is not far removed from its storied heritage, and the Denver Marriot Westminster evokes the area’s historic charm while providing guests with modern comforts and exclusive amenities.

Paying Homage to Church Ranch History

Situated on the historic Church Ranch land, the Denver Marriot Westminster pays homage to the area’s mining and agricultural spirit with special touches throughout the hotel. From the moment you walk through our doors, you’ll find yourself in a cabin-inspired lobby complete with a fireplace, natural stone walls and antlers influenced by the Colorado’s rustic past.

The delectable farm-to-table concept at Tiller’s restaurant is also a direct reflection of Westminster’s farming past, and features contemporary Colorado cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the evenings, you can also gather around our contemporary outdoor fire pits at Tiller’s Bar and gaze at the stars just like the cowboys of yesteryear.

The Denver Marriott Westminster is proud of Church Ranch’s storied history and are committed to welcoming guests with the classic hospitality and charm that Colorado is known for.