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.

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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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Domestic Patterns

On February 27, 2012 By

The recent Suburbia show at GOCA 121, and the artwork of Phil Bender in particular, got us thinking about the domestic patterns—rugs, quilts, dinnerware, aprons, art, etc.—that undergird and give shape to the otherwise amorphous mess of our daily lives. Easily absorbed into the background, it’s nice to bring them back the [...]

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While the 1980s introduced luxurious large homes for middle-income families, the tide is turning, in a big, or rather, small way. Across the country tiny homes are being built, some as small as 65-square-feet. Many are vacation homes, tiny cabins set on a choice piece of land, but some homeowners have turned to tiny homes [...]

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Stained Glass at Grace

On December 22, 2010 By

(We highly recommend viewing this slide show in full-screen—click the arrows in the lower right-hand corner)

‘Tis the season to gawk once again at the gorgeous stained glass windows ofGrace St.-Stephens Episcopal Church.

Note that the first two images are of a pair of stained glass windows that look a bit like [...]

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(Slide show is best viewed in full-screen mode by clicking on the arrows in the lower right-hand corner of the player. Click the right and left arrow buttons on the lower left to move through the slides. All photos by Noel Black and Michael Myers.)

One year ago, photographer Michael Myers and [...]

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Jim Bishop Uncensored

On December 6, 2010 By

For more than 40 years, Jim Bishop has been constructing his castle, his way, with his own two calloused hands 40 miles southwest of Pueblo in the San Isabel National Forest. Bishop is well known for his outspoken frankness about, well, all manner of things. You too can behold the wondrous madness of Jim [...]

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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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More like a museum than any mere “shop,” Bryan & Scott Jewelers in downtown Colorado Springs is a window into a disappearing way of life few of us will know, but all can appreciate (if not envy). In this video on the eve of what could be the store’s last days, Roberto Agnolini talks about how he got into the business of design and what it has meant to him over the years.

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Home Is Where The Art Is

On October 18, 2010 By

Local arts maven Kathleen Fox Collins takes us on a tour of what is certainly one of the most interesting and unusual homes in Colorado Springs. It was designed in the 1950s by the husband-and-wife architectural team of Gordon Ingraham and Elizabeth Wright-Ingraham (Granddaughter of Frank Lloyd Wright) for the Mitguard family near the bluffs in Palmer Park. Constructed in 1956, a whole series of renovations and fantastical, mind-boggling embellishments were later added by the home’s owner, Don Vail. While the structure itself is an interesting example of local mid-20th Century modernism, its Vail’s finish work inside and outside that gives the home its amazing character.

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Bellowed from the Bell Towers

On October 11, 2010 By

The concept for the video of this song, “Normandy” was to shoot Rence Seyb (aka pachisi champion, aka Dear Rabbit) singing and performing atop as many of the downtown bell towers as possible. We originally wanted to shoot from tower to tower—to connect the dots between all the towers, but it didn’t quite work out that way. The day we shot last year turned out to be the coldest, lowest-visibility day of the fall (and even colder on the towers), which worked well for the song.

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Van Briggle Building Up Close

On September 15, 2010 By

This Saturday, The Colorado College Women’s Education Society, or W.E.S., will give their annual tours of the historic Van Briggle Pottery building at the corner of Uintah Street and Glen Avenue every hour between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The building, which was originally designed to be a kind of high-art tourist trap for train passengers by Ducth architect Nicolaas van den Arend, is a spectacular example of Flemish farmouse/Arts and Crafts styles with a wide array of Van Briggle tiles and pottery incorporated into the structure as a means of advertising his signature ceramic wares for sale.

Take a sneak preview of some of the building’s beautiful details.

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Last summer, one of our readers sent us a series of photos of what remains of the old Cheyenne Mountain Lodge, aka The Honeymoon Lodge (it’s not open the public and we certainly discourage anyone from trespassing ), one of Spencer Penrose’s many opulent projects along his beloved Cheyenne Mountain Highway. Here are those photos along with some historic photos and information we were able to unearth.

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Last summer, we took you on a tour of a Buckminster Fuller-style geo-dome greenhouse made on the cheap by John Sondericker in his back yard. We went back this summer to see how it went last summer and what modifications had to be made and how it changed his cost among many other things he learned.

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Westside Gingerbread

On August 5, 2010 By

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. We went out to capture some of the gaudy (in the best sense!) colors that add to the Westside’s many charms.

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(“Demolition of the Alta Vista Hotel on 118 North Cascade Avenue”, 1963. Photograph by by Helen and James McCaffery. Courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Image number 266-10006.)

If you follow The Big Something, then you know that we like to practice a form of process journalism that involves [...]

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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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A Seriously Curious House

On January 27, 2010 By

Local arts maven Kathleen Fox Collins takes us on a tour of what is certainly one of the most interesting and unusual homes in Colorado Springs. It was designed in the 1950s by the husband-and-wife architectural team of Gordon Ingraham and Elizabeth Wright Ingraham(Granddaughter of Frank Lloyd Wright) for the Mitguard family near [...]

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(“Transferring the Deed” by A. Newman, 1909. Courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Image Number: 001-4090.)

From 1909 to 1947, a hive of octagonal, green-and-white huts just big enough for one person dotted the grounds of Modern Woodmen of America’s Sanatorium tucked away against the foothills in Woodmen Valley [...]

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This past summer, 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 ), aka The Honeymoon Lodge, one of Spencer Penrose’s many opulent projects along his beloved Cheyenne Mountain Highway. We did [...]

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(Slide show is best viewed in full-screen mode by clicking on the arrows in the lower right-hand corner of the player. Click the right and left arrow buttons on the lower left to move through the slides. All photos by Noel Black and Michael Myers.)

Two years ago, I spent two days [...]

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Even with the All Pikes Peak Reads spotlight shining brightly on the writings of Science Fiction master Robert A. Heinlein (author of Have Spacesuit—Will Travel, one of the books on the APPR list for this year’s space theme), few are aware that Heinlein and his wife Ginny called Colorado [...]

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In case you missed it the first time around, please enjoy this encore presentation of the very first Big Something we ever published to the KRCC website on May 21st of this year. It’s a guided audio tour of Pat Musick’s home in Garden of the Gods, which her father, the artist Archie Musick, built [...]

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