DENVER — One of the country’s most extraordinary private art collections is hidden in plain sight.
Nearly every square inch of Paul Hamilton’s home in Denver’s Whittier neighborhood is occupied by a piece of African art. Hamilton, 80, has carved out just enough space to walk around his home. When he eats a meal, he has to free up some space on his table.
The bathroom is the only room in Hamilton’s house without something from his collection.
With more than 1,200 pieces, Hamilton owns one of the largest private collections of African art in the entire country.
“As a teacher, you don’t make a lot of money,” explained Hamilton, a retired teacher who spent 40 plus years working for Denver Public Schools and Jefferson County Public Schools. “But I’m not one who spends money on cars and clothes and that type of thing. My money went that way. My house has been my bank.”