We were fascinated to learn yesterday from The Gazette that the Spencer Penrose’s rustic-posh Cheyenne Mountain Lodge may rise from the ruins:

The Broadmoor hotel in Colorado Springs is adding a second rustic retreat — planning to build an 8,000-square-foot lodge and up to 20 cabins on top of Cheyenne Mountain where hotel […]

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(All photos in this slideshow are by Helen and James McCaffery, courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Best viewed in full screen mode by clicking on arrows in lower-right corner of slide show)

Warning: For those who imagine a quaint and walkable downtown Colorado Springs full of beautiful buildings, apartments […]

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There’s a lot to look forward to at the Fine Arts Center this fall, not the least of which is the Floyd Tunson Retrospective Son of Pop, which opens on October 27. But we also want to implore you to see, if you haven’t already, the spectacular current batch of exhibitions, a startling […]

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Big Something interns, Jake Brownell and Brian Wray endeavoured upon a course of action to remove the tar of time from the orb of knowing in their four-part series exploring the histories of secret societies in Colorado Springs. In this episode, the Woodmen of the World are exposed, for once and for all.

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In this third part of their four part series, Big Something interns Jake Brownell and Brian Wray explore the mysterious history of the goings-on within the Independent Order of Odd Fellows operating in Colorado Springs in the early 1900’s. You can watch Part I which is focused on the Royal Arcanum, HERE. […]

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Big Something interns Jake Brownell and Brian Wray recently uncovered a historical list of secret organizations operating in Colorado Springs in the early 1900’s, this discovery fueled an investigatory journey to uncover the secrets of these secret organizations. In this, the second part of their investigation, Jake and Brian explore the history and […]

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What started as an innocuous visit to the public library resulted in a quest of discovery for Big Something interns Brian Wray and Jake Brownell. You see, they came upon a document titled “Secret Societies of Colorado Springs.” Armed with scant details they endeavored upon a course of action to uncover the truth about these […]

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A little while ago, one of our readers sent us a series of photos of what remains of the old Cheyenne Mountain Lodge (it’s not open the public and we certainly discourage anyone from trespassing, on account of us being responsible members of society), aka The Honeymoon Lodge, one of Spencer Penrose’s many opulent […]

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If you enjoyed the images of “La Casa,” the home overlooking the Pueblo Reservoir designed by Elizabeth Wright Ingraham, granddaughter of Frank Lloyd Wright, here’s another preview of “Solaz,” the home of artist Dawn Wilde. Coincidentally, both homes recently came on the market and “Solaz” is still without a buyer. Stay tuned for […]

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This slide show is a sneak preview of a longer piece we’re working on about the legacy of renowned local architect Elizabeth Wright Ingraham. Though her name often leaves lips in the same breath as her grandfather, Frank Lloyd Wright, Wright Ingraham managed deftly managed to craft her own style without rejecting her grandfather’s […]

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Twenty minutes north of downtown Colorado Springs lies La Foret. Originally Alice Bemis Taylor’s vacation compound and now a conference and retreat center that hosts the annual MeadowGrass music festival each Memorial Day weekend.

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In Part I of this slide show we toured the spectacularly remodeled Pleasant Valley home of Architect Ryan Lloyd, of Echo Architecture, and his wife Valerie. In this second part we pick up after touring the upper floor of their home and descend to the bedrooms and family room.

If you […]

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When architect Ryan Lloyd, his wife Valerie and their two kids moved to Colorado Springs from Portland, Oregon, they struggled to find a home that suited their cosmopolitan tastes in the neighborhoods they wanted to live in. After several years of looking without luck they came upon a foreclosure at the edge of Pleasant […]

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In 2008, internationally acclaimed sculptor, Patrick Dougherty, installed a whimsical and earthy sculptural edifice upon the northeast corner of Cache la Poudre St & Cascade Ave on the Colorado College Campus. We knew it wouldn’t last forever but we were a little saddened when we realized that they were gone.

Jessica Hunter Larsen, I.D.E.A. […]

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Few people outside the arts community remember the Colorado Springs-based artist Archie Musick. Musick arrived via freight train in 1924 and began to study at the Broadmoor Art Academy. He quickly became one of the region’s most inventive painters, blending landscape and surrealist visions with a minimal Japanese style. Shortly after World […]

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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 […]

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As promised, here is the slide show that reveals the buildings to which the historical architectural embellishments we featured in Monday’s post belong. The images of the embellishments from Monday’s slide show are followed by historic and/or contemporary images of the whole buildings with fascinating little tidbits of information from the Historic Preservation […]

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It’s possible that you’ve lived in Colorado Springs your entire life, spent many days and evenings walking around downtown and never really noticed—really noticed—much, if any, of the amazing architectural embellishments in this slide show. Click through the images and see if you recognize any of the features on these treasured historic buildings in […]

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If you find yourself up Denver way anytime in the next few weeks, be sure to check out West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965-1977 at MCA Denver. Though it does have the faintest waft of stale patchouli and latter-day baby boomer hagiography about it (what doesn’t […]

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Here we present the second installment of our visit with local sculptor and UCCS Art Professor Matt Barton at his jaw dropping home/art studio/compound tucked away in the forest south of Cheyenne Canyon off Highway 115. If you haven’t seen Barton’s super-natural (hyper-natural?) multi-media installations/club houses/forts/Peter Pan parties, you should definitely have a look […]

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Over the past six months, we’ve had the great pleasure of paying several visits to local sculptor and UCCS Art Professor Matt Barton at his jaw dropping home/art studio/compound tucked away in the forest south of Cheyenne Canyon off Highway 115. If you haven’t seen Barton’s super-natural (hyper-natural?) multi-media installations/club houses/forts/Peter Pan parties, you […]

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Here we present our fourth installment of Tim Scanlon’s thumbnail sketches of some of Colorado Springs’ most historically significant buildings. Visit Part I of the series, HERE, Part II is HERE and Part III, HERE.

Pearl Laundry, 333 N Tejon St., Colorado Springs

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What began as a simple slide show examining the iconic Colorado Springs photo-op of Pikes Peak Avenue looking west toward the Antlers Hotel over the years quickly turned into an exploration of the history of the hotel itself. With Marshall Sprague’s Newport in the Rockies as our historical compass, and images from the […]

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