This looks like it took more than a couple of days with Carol Smilie in tow:
John Lee was overseas on business when his wife Ellen found their future home, a rundown sheet metal plant in Denver’s Silver Square neighborhood. Ellen put a down payment on the place before John ever saw it.
The old plant had some heavy-duty features that made it appealing to the couple, such as train tracks running through the building and an overhead crane. John and Ellen saw many creative possibilities and have turned the old factory into an incredible home. According to Colorado historian Tom Noel, the Lee’s home sits in an industrial complex with a legacy of invention and creativity that started more than 100-years ago.