During one of our many sojourns in the Digital Photo Archives at the Pikes Peak Library District’s website we noticed that many of the aerial photographs taken of Colorado Springs have a decidedly tilt-shift look about them, everything looks like a minature set. Though not all have this accidental effect, these aerial photos make for an interesting look at the growth of the Pikes Peak region and some of its controversial planning decisions.


7 Responses to Accidental Tilt-Shift Aerial History

  1. Jeremy says:

    Thanks for the slideshow. Not so sure about the song though (lol). Still reeling from a number of Disney classics stuck in my head, thanks to the recent passing of lyricist Robert B. Sherman (“It’s a Small World,” etc, etc). First time I’ve seen a picture of the original Penrose Stadium. Looks nice. Why did they tear that one down? The other item that stuck out for me was how the Garden of Gods aesthetically looked better before all of the residential (and GOG Club) development on the mesa to the east was built. Too bad the western-most portion of that land wasn’t also preserved.

    • Noel Black says:

      Jeremy, I think they tore down the stadium because they wanted more hotel rooms and the World Arena, though I’d have to double-check that.

  2. Jeremy says:

    Oh yeah, one other thing (not a surprise but an observation). Colorado Springs has some ridiculously wide streets in the historic areas. This phenomenon seems to be rather typical of other towns out west. Today, many of these are underutilized and one of the reasons why downtown and surrounding areas aren’t as pedestrian friendly as they could (should) be.

  3. Nancy Wilsted says:

    Stunning Myron Wood photos of Pueblo, and I’ll bet that beautiful Glockner Hospital once sported some fancy nurse’s caps and wimples.

  4. Carol Cromie says:

    Alexander Studios was east of Nevada Ave, and north of Fillmore.
    Damn shame about the Glockner Hospital; such a beautiful structure.

  5. Donna says:

    As a Colorado Springs native, I know how the city has grown and changed over the years. But this aerial slide show really provides an interesting view of it. When I get asked which hospital I was born, and I say “Glockner”, people look at me funny, since the name changed to Penrose Main.
    To Jeremy–the wide streets Palmer put in downtown were meant to offer beauty to the city, with the medians in the middle and trees and plants. Too bad you don’t appreciate it.

  6. Melanie Mc says:

    I think it’s great cc is partnering with the Habitat Restore
    To save a piece of history , such as the “SAVE A HOUSE”
    RESTORE PROJECT The first Ever in the State of Colorado.
    Raise & SAVE A PIECE OF MY Personal Years as a Renter at this
    Address!!!! Thanks CC for Working with the Restore Staff on
    This Unique Alliance !! M.


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