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n a world that often feels like
it’s spinning out of control, a
home is one’s refuge, and a
mother is like an island in the
middle of the chaos. Such
is the house that Mary Gordon
made into a home and the world
she created for her three sons, Ja-
son and twins Seaton and Colin
MacMillan.
The house on Sopris Avenue was
originally built in the 1880s by a
local Crested Butte banker when
the town’s identity in coal mining
was developing. An 1890s portrait
of the banker and his wife greets
guests as they step over the back
door threshold. Later, the house
was the home of the town’s post-
master, Martin Verzuh. When
Mary Gordon purchased the di-
lapidated and ramshackle house in
2003, postmaster Verzuh’s post of-
fice box key, numbered 0001, was
still on his upstairs dresser.
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Mary’s son Colin remembers when the house was originally for sale. Most people who
looked at the house, he said, thought it was hideous and no one wanted it. But his mother
saw a diamond in the rough. Mary went to the library and found a picture of the house
from the late 1800s, and discovered that the original front balcony had been removed by
one of the owners and replaced by a gable roof.