One of the great aesthetic pleasures of Colorado Springs’ West Side is the dizzying array of brightly colored gingerbread in the eves of many of its old Victorian-era homes (best appreciated by bicycle, we think). Some of these “Painted Ladies” are just mining shacks that might bristle at the suggestion that they might in any way be considered “ladies,” while others are fully restored grand dames. As the red, white and blue flew this past weekend, we went out to capture some of the gaudy (in the best sense!) colors that add to the West Side’s many charms.

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7 Responses to The Painted Ladies of the West Side

  1. Sarah M says:

    Great photo essay! When were these houses being built? I’m wondering if I should take a peek under our houses’s siding to see if there is any gingerbread under it after seeing No. 12.

  2. Matt H says:

    Howdy neighbors. I appreciate all the work you do to maintain and improve your homes. It makes an evening stroll around the block all that much more ineresting and enjoyable. Each old home has a million stories to tell. I love the west side.

  3. Mary H says:

    Makes me want to add some gingerbread to my house! Even if I’m not on the West side.

  4. Louise C says:

    What fun to see so many fancily-painted decorative elements! The west-side is not the only area of Colorado Springs with this style of architecture, but it has the most examples. (See the Mill Street, Hillside and Middle Shooks Run neighborhoods for more examples.)I love it when homeowners take pride in their old, though modest, homes and want to restore the original style. Of related interest to some is a publication “In & Around Old Colorado City, a walking tour” by Cathleen Norman available at the the Old Colorado City Historical Society (One South 24th Street).

  5. Betsy G. says:

    Hi Westside,
    It was so nice to see one of our houses and some
    that my husband has painted. Isn’t the Westside
    great!! All the houses are bright, beautiful, and

  6. Rachel J says:

    I was VERY excited to see four houses on my block included in your photo essay! I’ve only owned my house since February, but am already scheming about a new paint job and adding more scallops. It is wonderful living in a neighborhood where colorful houses are celebrated!

  7. 14 years on the West Side and I totally love this ‘hood. Thank you all for being so wonderful. Thanks BS for the survey!


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