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Colorado Springs Historic Properties     

Feel the grandeur of the past


Surrounding downtown Colorado Springs are historic properties that delight the imagination and spirit of the founding fathers. Many of these properties remain as private residents while others have renovated into museums, bed and breakfasts, art galleries, small businesses or offices. Whatever has transpired, they retain the elegance and splendor that was early-day Colorado Springs.   Read More

 

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One particular area is known as Boulder Crescent Place National Register Historic District. This district has 14 documented historic resources where the homes were built mostly in 1901 with one built in 1895. Eleven of these home served as single-family dwellings and three were boarding homes. Today 11 are residences and three are offices. On West Boulder, for instance, the homes were designed based on homes of the previous century with a complex roof of multiple gables and a variety of windows. Each of these homes can trace their “lineage” all the way back to their original owners. Boulder Crescent Park was already in use as a park in 1890 and for many years there were no man-made improvements.

 

Along with the history of the homes, there is also a rich history that envelops this area like the Patty Jewett Golf Course. William Kennon Jewett and his wife, Patty came to Colorado Springs from New York for his health in 1898. He became vice president of the Colorado Springs National Bank. Patty did charity work and was a social leader. They loved outdoor sports especially golf. W. K. joined the Town and Gown Golf Club and helped organize and finance the Colorado Springs Golf Club in 1910 after the old club disbanded. The Jewetts moved to Pasadena, California, in 1913 but returned frequently for visits. Patty died in 1917. W. K. had a major interest in the golf club by that time and in 1919 he presented the course to the city dedicated to Patty. It holds the distinction of being the third oldest public golf club west of the Mississippi River.

Not only is it a historic treasure but its meticulous greens present today's golfer with a great opportunity to truly enjoy the game as did the Jewetts in their day. The clubhouse has a restaurant terrace with spectacular views of Pikes Peak and the Front Range. Open to the public year around, this is a great chance for residents of the downtown area to enjoy those 300 plus days of Colorado sunshine on this conveniently-located course.

School District 11 provides the education for the next generation for downtown dwellers. Palmer High School is committed to developing the love of learning in the lives of the students that are entrusted to its hallowed halls. The current building was constructed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) under Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1940. Originally named Colorado Springs High School it was renamed in 1959 after the city's founder—General William Jackson Palmer. The school traces its history back to the 1870s and still uses a “C” for varsity letters which through 1986 was referred to as the Broken Circle Tribe. In 1894 the successful football team earned the nickname “holy terrors” so the school adopted the nickname “Terrors.” For more information on District 11 visit: www.d11.org.

The Pioneers Museum, the Fine Arts Center, The Pikes Peak Center, the Penrose and Carnegie Libraries, Memorial Park, America the Beautiful Park, Monument Valley Park, restaurants, banking, and nightclubs are all located close by. The very ambiance of strolling downtown admiring the many fine art pieces, the gracefully landscaped medians, all in the shadows of the historic Antlers Hotel building can bring great delight on pleasant sunny days. This is what living in historic Colorado Springs is all about!

The homes here have character galore with a warm, friendly community that invites your family to experience the feeling of walking on ground where the earliest pioneers once set foot. Pioneers who were committed to seeing this city as a place free from crime, slums and factory smoke—a place with beautiful parks and mountain splendor to enjoy. Grand Victorians as well as small bungalows and everything in between are waiting for you to call them home. Home prices range from the $200,000 - $1,000,000+

Historic Properties . . . Built in the Past with Living for Today

 

By Janet Wrestler

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