PETER SEERIE Denver Building Contractor



Peter Seerie, son of Edward R. Seerie and Margaret McLean Duff,
was born February 27, 1880, in the Parish of Eassie & Nevay, Angus, (now Forfarshire) Scotland.  His parents immigrated to the United States, settling in Denver, Colorado in 1890.  Peter attended schools in Denver and later attended Central Business College.

Peter formed a contracting company with his older brother Edward Seerie, called "Seeries Brothers." He was Superintendent at the Geddes & Stone Company between 1899-1905. In 1905 he became Vice-President and partner in the Seerie Brothers Construction Company in Denver.

Mr. Seerie  then formed a partnership with Mr. Varnum, in the firm of "Seerie & Varnum."  Construction projects included the Greeley county court  a number of sugar factories throughout the state, North Denver high school; the First National Bank building at Lewiston, Montana; the building of the Prewitt Reservoir Company at Merino, Colorado, and Fitzsimons Hospital in Aurora. They also laid the foundation for the Colfax-Larimer viaduct in Denver.


Peter and his brother David Duff Seerie supervised construction of the State Office building, the Greeley Courthouse and helped in the construction of Pathfinder Dam in Wyoming and Roosevelt and Cheesman Dams.

Peter filled out a World War I Colorado Draft Registration Card and served as member of Colorado National Guard for three years.  He was appointed to the Board of Water Commissioners City and County of Denver by Mayor Stapleton in 1923, serving for several years.

Denver City and County Building


View from the State Capital


Winter holiday season decorations

The contract for the constructing the new Denver city and county building  was awarded to Peter Seerie after Varnum & Bates failed to furnish bond in the required time on October 29, 1928.  Peter's quarry Mount Princeton located near Salida, Chaffee County, Colorado provided the granite for the construction project.  The Denver city and county building is located opposite the Colorado State Capital in Denver.

Mr. Seerie was a member of the Consolidated Cut Stone Company; president of the Builders Material Supply Company; Vice-President of the Golden Fire Brick Company and Vice-president of the the Seerie Investment Company, with offices at Interstate Trust Building, Denver, Colorado.  He served on the Colorado State Highway Board for fourteen years as chairman.

Peter was a 32nd Degree Mason, having memberships with both the York and Scottish rites, a member of Park Hill Lodge No. 148, A. F. & A. M.; and a member of the Knights-Templar and Shriners.  Member of the Mountain Parks Advisory Board.

Mr. Seerie married in Denver, on the 7th of June 1909, Elsa Odella Himmelheber. Elsa was born in Denver February 2, 1890, daughter of Daniel Himmelheber and Auguste Goeble, natives of Darmstadt, Germany who married February 10, 1883 in Denver. Daniel was engaged in the contracting business, died sometime between 1891-1894 when Elsa was an infant.  Auguste N. Himmelheber was assigned administrator of the estate of Daniel Himmelheber January 29, 1894

Widow August Goeble Himmelheber secondly married Michael Zacheis, January 29, 1894 in Denver.  Auguste was assigned guardian of Marie Himmelheber March 30, 1898 in Denver County Court.  Marie Himmelheber, born September 13, 1883, Denver. Marie married younger brother William Smith Seerie.

Auguste Goeble Zacheis, age 45, and her two daughters Mrs. Marie Himmelheber Seerie, age 24, and Elsa Himmelheber, age 17,  visited Darmstadt in September 1907, returning on the S. S. Deutschland. Edward Seerie Jr., age 3, son of Marie and William Smith Seerie also made the trip to Germany.

Peter Seerie and Elsa O. Himmelheber lived at 921 Detroit Street in Denver had two children: Margaret Frieda Seerie, and David Duff Seerie Jr., an architect, who attended the University of Colorado.  Both children are deceased.

Peter died  April 20, 1946 in Denver, Colorado and wife Elsa O. Himmelheber died twenty years later on February 05, 1966 in Denver.  Both are buried at the Riverside Cemetery.

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