Experience Colorado Springs Historic Architecture


Colorado Springs is a place deeply connected with its past. In particular, we keep connected through the architecture of Old Colorado City and Colorado Springs throughout the earlier part of the 20th Century, and earlier. With many historical buildings constructed 100 years ago or more, the determination and craftsmanship of the early residents in Colorado Springs have survived the test of time. Today, we can still enjoy the architectural beauty and inspired designs of historical buildings throughout the region. Listed below are some of the historical buildings you can visit yourself.

Brianhurst Manor Located in Manitou Springs and built in 1876, this Victorian-style manor was built by Dr. William Bell, the founder of the Manitou Springs. Today Brianhurst Manor is a favored restaurant in the region, highlighting the beauty of Victorian style and gardens, while giving visitors a spectacular view of Pike’s Peak.

Broadmoor Hotel Built in 1918, the Broadmoor Hotel has was built in the style of European resorts which were popular meccas during the Victorian era. Harkening back to days gone by, visiting the Broadmoor is like taking a step back through time.

Carnegie Library Named a contributing building to the Old Colorado City Historic District, this library was built in 1904 through a grant and agreement with Philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie. Today you can visit this piece of our history and check out a book or two.

Cliff House This hotel/resort is older than the state of Colorado, having been built originally as a stage coach stop in 1873. After the days of the gold rush subsided, the health benefits of Manitou Springs were discovered, and this Victorian era hotel has been a fixture in the area ever since. Today Cliff House is not just a hotel, but a popular venue for outdoor concerts as well.

Glen Eyrie Castle There is no need to go to Europe to tour a castle; you can do so at the Glen Eyrie Castle. Built in 1903 by the founder of Colorado Springs, General William Jackson Palmer, this Tudor-style estate is surrounded by the natural beauty of our region. Today the Castle is a hotel, event and conference center, or you can simply visit for tea or a tour.

Miramont Castle You can’t say we don’t like our big, historic estates around Colorado Springs. Another castle in the area that is worth a visit is the Miramont Castle. Construction of this sprawling early estate began in 1895, bringing to the region with it many modern amenities such as electricity and indoor plumbing. Today you can visit the garden or museum, which is dedicated to preserving the past of the natural and human history of Manitou Springs.

McAlister House Another museum worth checking out is the McAlister House, a grand, if not smaller, Victorian cottage listed on the National Register for Historic Places. Built in 1873, this museum is perfect for history buffs, antique lovers and field trips.

Rockledge Ranch Connect with the wild west at this living-history ranch. This property was one of the first homesteads in the region, in the mid-1800s, but also rich in Native American history. At Rockledge Ranch you can experience a taste of what life was like for not only the first settlers but also the native tribes who were here before. A true step back in time and quality fun for the whole family.

While their purposes may not have remained the same, that these buildings are still here and are an integral part of the our region’s “skyline”, says a lot toward the character of Colorado Springs as a community. We care about our past and we care about our present. When you are ready to sell or buy your home, we at Springs LifeStyles Real Estate are here to help you with all of your real estate needs! As your buyer agent, we will strive to give you the best support we can. Call Kathy Stenberg at (719) 963-4867 or you can email her at springslifestyles@gmail.com You can also visit us at our website for available listings and additional information.