The Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast is situated at 2151 Arapahoe Avenue in what is known as the McConnell House. It's been run under the current name as a bed and breakfast for over thirty years.
The structure was orginally built in the 1880's and has been expanded and remodeled numerous times. The house is best known for being associated with its residents and there have been two families that lived in it for multiple decades. The best known person was Calvin Holbrook, a principal with the grocery "Bliss and Holbrook" operating at 13th and Pearl Street.
The Briar Rose was also once the home of the McConnell family. The current innkeepers arrived at the Briar Rose through the work of many people, but the McConnells deserve special recognition. Grace and Harold "Mac" McConnell (left) were married in the 1920s, and they brought the Tulip Poplar tree from Virginia and planted it in the front yard. The tree now has a girth of over 12 feet.
Mac (1891-1968) was a collector and eagerly showed off his stamp, rock, and barbed wire collections to guests. Mac was also a gardener and the Briar Rose gardens were especially important to him. Mac and Grace were active in the Boulder Valley Christian Church and brought flowers from the garden when they were available.
The main house is built in the Queen Anne style although it also has some "arts and crafts" architectural elements. It is a double-gabled residence with a wrought iron balcony, stone lintels, carved keystone, and a glass block transom.