Part of the contents of the Pearce-McAllister Cottage gifted to History Colorado in 1970 by the estate of Townsend Sherman McAllister (accessioned/processed in 1976), the collection includes a Dutch Colonial style house located at 1880 Gaylord Street in Denver and over 5,000 artifacts, books, documents and photographs from the Phebe and Henry McAllister Jr. Family.
The donor’s father, Henry McAllister Jr. was raised in Colorado Springs and in 1896 married his college sweetheart Phebe Ketcham of Jericho, Long island. In 1898, son Townsend Sherman was born in Colorado Springs, followed by Henry III in 1904. In 1906, the family moved to Denver where Henry Jr. established his general law practice. Phebe was active in St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, as well as, in the Colonial Dames and Monday Literary Club. A prominent family in Denver, the McAllister’s often entertained in their home at 1880 Gaylord Street.