Historic Homes of Colorado Springs and Vicinity

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Historic Homes of Colorado Springs and Vicinity
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Historic Homes of Colorado Springs and Vicinity
Leonard, Stephen J.
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Denver, CO
Center for Colorado and the West
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Auraria Library
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Historic Homes of Colorado Springs and Vicinity | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library[12/7/2015 3:02:51 PM] Home Historic Homes of Colorado Springs and VicinityHistoric Homes of Colorado Springs and VicinitySubmitted by barlowk on 8-30-2015 08:47 PMAuthor: Helen M. Anderson Publishing: Historic Homes of Colorado Springs and Vicinity. By Helen M. Anderson. Palmer Lake, CO: Filter Press, 2014. 87 pages. Black-and-white photographs. 7 x 11 $19.95 paperback. Reviewer: Stephen J. Leonard Reviewer Affiliation: Metropolitan State University of Denver Do people write books in their eighties and nineties? Do they finish them shortly before their hundredth birthday? The answer, as Historic Homes explains on page 87, is yes. Helen Anderson began her research in 1983 when she was seventy-seven and finished her manuscript in 2005 a few months before she died at age ninety-nine. Thanks to her labor of love and thanks to the splendid photography of her son, Gordon Anderson, who furnished practically all of more than eighty carefully reproduced black-and-white photographs, Colorado Springs can boast of a pleasing paperback as classy as the city has sometimes aspired to be. The large-format book features thirty-six homes with an exterior photograph of each one and a page of text telling a little of the owners or owners backgrounds; giving the architect in most cases; providing a description of the exterior and the interior, and providing a dollop of information about the buildings recent history. A few of the structures, such as the McAllister Cottage and the Reynolds Ranch House, are relatively modest. Most, however, such as The Trianon, Glen Eyrie, and Miramont Castle, rank among the most opulent residential expressions of conspicuous consumption in the Rocky Mountain West. Although the book includes some places outside of Colorado Springs such as Estemere in Palmer Lake and Briarhurst Manor in Manitou Springs, much of it focuses on homes, many built between 1880 and 1910, in the citys Old North End within a mile of Colorado College. Why did citizens of the Springs, a town of fewer than 22,000 people in 1900one-sixth the size of Denver build so many super homes? As Helen Anderson explains in the short introduction, the little city benefited from an influx of well-to-do easterners seeking a healthy climate and from a covey of mining moguls who were anxious, in a kind of reverse alchemy, to turn their Cripple Creek gold into bricks, stone, medallions and modillions. Colorado Springs spectacular setting and the promotional efforts of William Jackson Palmer and William Bell also helped make the town a junior Newport in the Rockies. How did Colorado Springs, a city made infamous a few years ago for letting some of its great old trees wither rather than giving them a little water, muster the will to save many of its grand old homes? In the book's foreword, Robert Lovey, professor emeritus of political science at Colorado College, credits local institutions, businesses, museums, and individuals. Stellar among those good citizens has been Colorado College, which has found uses for many large homes nearby. Praise also goes to the Historic Preservation EXPLORE BY MEDIABook Reviews Photographs Video Biographies New Publications Resource Guides County Newspaper HistoriesEXPLORE BY TOPICLand & Natural Resources Government & Law Agriculture Mining Commerce & Industry Transportation People & Places Communication Healthcare & Medicine Education & Libraries Cultural Communities Recreation & Entertainment Tourism ReligionEXPLORE BY CULTUREHispanic Native AmericanWithin Colorado boundaries are lands once claimed by Spanish kings and Mexican governors.


Historic Homes of Colorado Springs and Vicinity | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library[12/7/2015 3:02:51 PM] Auraria Library 303-556-4587 1100 Lawrence Street Denver, Colorado 80204 In the News Partners & Donations About Us Contact Us Alliance of Colorado Springs and its predecessor organizations for keeping the local preservation torch burning since the 1960s. Philanthropic and religious groups and schools such as the El Pomar Foundation, Episcopalians, Lutherans, the Navigators, and the United Church of Christ also merit accolades as do private owners. Historic Homes will fuel the fires of civic mindedness and preservation in Colorado Springs by fostering justifiable local pride. It will also bring tourists. Guided by the maps included in the book, they can stroll around the Colorado College neighborhood, then take a short drive to Manitou Springs where they can tour and lunch at Miramont Castle before enjoying the towns other historic sites. On another day they can take in Glen Eyrie and the nearby Garden of the Gods. On yet another they can combine a visit to the Air Force Academy and the Western Museum of Mining and Industry, which has preserved the Reynolds Ranch House. Even then they will not have exhausted what the city and its environs have to offer. Thanks to Helen Anderson, a lady who made her golden years shine, and to Glenn Anderson, who has done his mother and his city proud, for demonstrating that Colorado Springs is far more than a commercial strip along Interstate 25. Reviewer Info: Stephen J. Leonard, a professor of history at Metropolitan State University of Denver, served for fifteen years on the Denver Landmark Preservation Commission. He has authored or coauthored half a dozen books on Colorado history. He remembers visiting Colorado Springs in ca. 1954 to eat ice cream at Michelles. Now, having read about Miramont Castle, he is considering returning