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The result was unusually roomy and well-decorated Victorian homes constructed in large numbers in the area north of Colorado College. This became known as the Old North End. It was built in a very short period of time, the homes reflecting a Victorian architectural style. Cripple Creek gold allowed homes to be more ornate and decorative filled with elaborate wooden verandas, bay windows, complex decorative work around doors and windows, ornate cut-glass and beveled glass windows. By 1920 the gold boom was over and the construction of wooden Victorian homes in the Old North End was finished. Since that time Arts and Crafts, Spanish, Mediterranean, western bungalows and ranch houses have been added to reflect the attractive residential character of this neighborhood.
General William Palmer, the founder of Colorado Springs, plowed furrows in the dry prairie marking wide streets. He dreamed of this city of trees with beautiful parks and mountain drives for all to enjoy. He brought in 600 trees from the banks of the Arkansas River to plant along the wide streets. Today, the medians seen on the streets of the Old North End planted with trees are the continuation of that dream.
One of General Palmer's most treasured gifts to the city of Colorado Springs is Monument Valley Park that runs along the entire western border of the Old North End. Following Monument Creek, this park contains tended gardens, softball and baseball fields, a swimming pool, fishing pond, volleyball and tennis courts, playgrounds, picnic shelters and 4.3 miles of trail for walking, running, or cycling and a one-mile fitness trail at the north end of the park. This park is easy access for residents in the Old North End. Many of the homes have trails that lead directly into the park as well as public access trails.
Culturally this is an oasis in the city. The Fine Arts Center is on the southern edge of this neighborhood. Bringing in dynamic exhibitions from all over the world as well as its many permanent collection galleries, this arts center is a place for artistic discovery and entertainment. The Bemis School of Art resides here where students of all ages and skill level can participate in classes in painting, drawing, ceramics, mosaics, jewelry making, digital arts and much more. In addition to this school there is the theater company performing live theater.
The Henry McAllister House Museum is close by—a brick and limestone Gothic-style cottage—one of the first substantial dwellings constructed in Colorado Springs. It is actually the oldest house still standing. The home has been beautifully restored with the original marble fireplace, floor to ceiling pocket windows and furnishings from the period.
History loudly resonates in this part of the Springs. Easy access to Interstate 25 makes traveling north to Denver or west to Woodland Park and the mountains quick and easy. Several elementary and two middle schools serve the Old North End as does Palmer High School where its reputation for providing a quality education in a safe, secure and positive climate is its mandate. Visit www.d11.org. for more information.
With over 1,500 neighbors, this neighborhood is a friendly, close-knit community of people who love living in Colorado Springs. These proudly restored and maintained mansions reflect the spirit of the city and the founding fathers who envisioned Colorado Springs to be a place of homes, schools and churches, free from crime surrounded by the beauty of nature.
Home prices range from $300,000 to $1,000,000.
Old North End . . . Preserved for Posterity!
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