If there’s one thing that the late American food critic Duncan Hines valued, it was where to get a good meal. And according to Hines’ 1960 publication of “Adventures in Good Eating,” that …
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If there’s one thing that the late American food critic Duncan Hines valued, it was where to get a good meal.
And according to Hines’ 1960 publication of “Adventures in Good Eating,” that place in Golden was the Holland House, said Mark Dodge, curator for the Golden History Museum.
Famous for its steaks and biscuits, the place was just as popular among locals, Dodge said, attracting such groups as the Golden Lions Club and executives from the Coors Brewery.
The Golden History Museum is launching its newest exhibit, Holland House: A Hotel Famous for Food, with a soft opening on Oct. 2. Replacing the clay mining exhibit, Holland House will be located in the Touch Gallery, which is the museum’s family-oriented, interactive exhibit room.
“Food history is a topic that’s often overlooked,” Dodge said. But “it’s something that everyone can relate to.”
The idea to highlight Holland House came about as museum staff started exploring Golden’s culinary history, Dodge said. Particularly, “restaurants that are no longer with us.”
Holland House joins two other culinary exhibits already on display at the museum: Malted Milk and Pizza and Beer.
Malted Milk is a display of the product that Coors produced to survive prohibition, which was invented by two British brothers in the early 1870s, states the exhibit’s description.
Pizza and Beer is an exhibit commemorating the 25-year anniversary of Golden’s Woody’s Wood Fired Pizza and Golden City Brewery, which was celebrated at the museum in June.
An exhibit to come is Confection Perfection, which will be an exhibit on the Jolly Rancher factory, Dodge said.
The Holland House was a hotel, but was famous for its food, especially its special occasion dining.
“It was the go-to place,” Dodge said, “not only for Golden residents, but it was a destination place for people from all over the metro area.”
Located where the Table Mountain Inn, 1310 Washington Ave., is today, the building had served the community as a hotel and some form of eatery/café since 1925.
In May of 1946, Lu and Ethel Holland bought the building, did some remodeling so it could also serve as their residence and ran the hotel-and-restaurant business until the early 1980s, Dodge said.
The exhibit at the museum features original artifacts such as Holland’s commissioned artwork, a hotel key and a lobby reception desk, as well full-sized replicas of menus and other hands-on activities such as a play kitchen.
The Touch Gallery is a fun learning environment for both children and adults, said Vanya Scott, the Golden History Museum’s curatorial assistant.
“There’s nothing quite like seeing a kid immersed in play and connecting with their parents,” Scott said. The Holland House exhibit “brings a sense of community, and the memories and personal connections” of the Holland House.
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