Historic photo Manitou MillicentUnlike many small communities, whose buildings show a high degree of architectural uniformity, Manitou Springs has adopted many architectural styles, from the Victorian to the Modern, and from the rustic to the artfully ornamented.

Committed to preserving this heterogeneity, which is such a part of the city’s character and history, Manitou Springs’ citizens established the Historic Preservation Commission in 1979.  The first Local Historic Preservation District was established in 1980 and the first Design Review Guidelines followed in 1981. The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC), is charged with...

"...the protection, enhancement, and perpetuation of districts of historic and cultural significance and to instill and foster civic pride in the legacy and achievements of the past."



Learn more about your local historic district and have some fun doing it! This link below will take you to the Historic Plaque Walking Tours. There are two tours of the 31 Historic Interpretive Plaques installed by the Historic Preservation Commission at signficant sites throughout Manitou Springs.





The FINAL presentation by the Architect for the expansion of Manitou Springs' historic Carnegie Library will be February 7, 2017, at City Council. Once Council approves the concept plan, then the City will start fundraising for the project. Final details - such as interior finishes, exterior details, and side design (to include parking and landscaping) will be finished when the final plans are drawn for the facility. The current draft, however, gives a road map for where the City wants to go and provides a vision that will help raise funds for the project. If you love our library, use our library, or know someone that does, come participate in moving the facility forward to serve the community for the next 100 years!  

 Preservation Month 2017

May is Preservation Month, and this year we're celebrating with three simple words that say it all: This. Place. Matters. The National Trust for Historic Preservation, the sponsor of Preservation Month, believes this an excellent opportunity to shine a spotlight on all the special places that are important to you. WE AGREE! Share your photos of special places here in Manitou Springs using #ThisPlaceMatters and click here to download a "This Place Matters" sign and start sharing the places most important to you.

During Preservation Month, the Historic Preservation Commission recognizes extra special projects from the previous year. In 2016, the following people and places were honored: 

2016 Honor Award Recipients 

* John & Fran McGee for a new home in the Log Cabin District at 193 Chelten Road

* Kurt Meredith & Jeannie Steele for a new garage/studio at 213 Mesa Avenue

* Gary & Karen Michels for rehab of windows and wooden storms at 37 Washington    Avenue

*856 Prospect, LLC, for interior/exterior work at 823 Duclo Avenue & 856 Prospect Place

*Kathy Tuten & Matt Fago for the restoration of the greenstone wall at the rear of 15    Washington Avenue.

* Louis & Rosalie Kolm for window replacement at 125 Ruxton Avenue.

* Amir & Laura Safayan for restoration of the greenstone wall at the front of 7 Washington  Avenue.

* Manitou & Pikes Peak Railway for the new Passenger Pavilion at 515 Ruxton Avenue.


Manitou Springs Maintenance Grant Program for Historic Properties

The City of Manitou Springs has created a small grant program to help owners of properties in the Historic District with costs of exterior maintenance. 

Named the “Vicky Bunsen Doucette Memorial Mini-Grant for Maintenance of Historic Properties,” the program is named for a Manitou Springs Historic Preservation Commissioner and well-known member of the statewide historic preservation community. Vicky and her husband Don moved to Manitou Springs after they married and Vicky retired as a preservation planner for the City of Westminster, CO.  As part of establishing their lives in Manitou Springs (which they had frequently visited and loved), Vicky became active in her community and volunteered to serve on the Historic Preservation Commission. During her time on the Commission, she advocated for more outreach, volunteered for a number of projects, and made many friends.  The creation of a grant and loan program to support historic property owners was one of her passions. Unfortunately, Vicky passed away in 2012 from breast cancer at the age of 56 before her advocacy for the grant/loan program could be realized. The City is establishing this program in her honor and as an expression of the profound effect her short tenure on the Commission had on everyone who worked with her.

The goal of the program is to help owners of historic properties with costs of exterior maintenance and repair while providing a financial incentive for retaining the historic building fabric within the Manitou Springs Historic Preservation District. Reimbursement grants for up to $500 each are now available on a first come-first served basis.

Download the Grant Packet or obtain a copy by visiting the Manitou Springs Planning Department in City Hall or calling (719)685-4398.

Certified Local Government (CLG)

The City of Manitou Springs is recognized as a Certifed Local Government (CLG) and the HPC was created with the authority to review and approve, conditionally approve, or deny alterations to existing resources or new construction in the Historic District through the Material Change of Appearance Certification (MCAC) process. It is also the job of the HPC to implement public awareness and incentive programs to help promote historic preservation.

The Historic Preservation District Regulations can be reviewed in Title 17 of City's Municipal Code, which is accessed from the Home Page of this website. You can find links to the Design Guidelines, which are used to help property owners plan their projects and by the Commission when making decisions on applications and a map of the local historic district on the right side of this page.

Colorado Historic Preservation Tax Credit for Residential Properties  and Commercial Properties

There is an additional 5% credit for properties within a disaster declaration area for 6 years after the declaration!


Pre-Application appointments are now being required a minimum of 10 business days prior to submission deadline.  Click here to see the Historic Preservation 2017 Calendar.  Please call the Planning Department at 719-685-4398 to schedule your appointment.


The Commissioners, all appointed by City Council, include 7 regular members and up to 3 alternates. They must be residents of Manitou Springs and cannot be City employees, City Council members, or relatives of either group. Applicants for appointment to the Commission should have an interest or training in fields closely related to historic preservation—e.g., history, architecture, landscape architecture, archeology, planning, building trades, real estate, and the law.

To apply for an appointment, send an Application for Board Membership, a letter of interest, and a resume and/or statement of qualifications to the City Clerk at 606 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, CO 80829 or dkast@comsgov.com.

Neale Minch  Chair (Term expires March 31, 2019)
Ann Nichols  
Vice Chair (Term expires March 31, 2019)
Tammila Wright  (Term expires March 31, 2017)  
Lisette Casey  (Term expires March 31, 2018)
Bobby Jackson  (Term expires March 31, 2018)
Deb Moore (Term expires March 31, 2018)
Patricia McLean (Term expires March 31, 2019)

Alternate Members:

Roger Armstrong (Term expires March 31, 2017) 

Vacancies: 2 Alternate Members

Apply for a appointment by sending a letter of interest with a statement of qualifications or your resume to City Clerk, Donna Kast, at dkast@comsgov.com.

City Council Liaison Randy Hodges
Staff Liaison  Michelle AnthonySenior Planner

                       Dylan Becker, Planner I


HPC meetings are quasi-judicial and are open to the public. The Commission meets the 1st Wednesday of each month.  Meetings begin at 6:00 pm in City Council Chambers at 606 Manitou Avenue. Please email the City Clerk if you need special assistance attending a meeting. You can also call 719-685-2554.

Meeting Agenda  Packet Minutes
12/06/2017 Agenda Packet Minutes
11/01/2017 Agenda Packet Minutes
10/04/2017 Agenda Packet Minutes
09/06/2017 Agenda Packet Minutes
08/02/2017 Agenda Packet Minutes
07/05/2017 Agenda Packet Minutes
06/07/2017 Agenda Packet Minutes
05/03/2017 Agenda Packet Minutes
04/05/2017 Agenda Packet Minutes
03/01/2017 Agenda Packet Minutes
02/01/2017 Agenda Packet Minutes
01/04/2017 Agenda Packet Minutes
12/07/2016 Regular Agenda Packet Minutes
11/02/2016 Regular  Meeting Cancelled
10/05/2016 Regular Agenda Packet Minutes
09/15/2016 Special Meeting Agenda Packet Minutes
09/07/2016 Regular Agenda Packet Minutes
08/03/2016 Regular Agenda Packet Minutes
07/06/2016 Regular Agenda Packet Minutes
06/01/2016 Regular Agenda Packet Minutes
05/04/2016 Regular Agenda Packet Minutes
04/06/2016 Regular Agenda Packet Minutes
03/02/2016 Regular Meeting Cancelled
02/03/2016 Regular Agenda Packet Minutes
01/06/2016 Regular Agenda Packet Minutes
12/02/2015 Regular Agenda Packet Minutes
11/04/2015 Work Session Agenda Packet Minutes
10/07/2015 Regular Agenda Packet Minutes
09/02/2015 Regular Agenda Packet Minutes
08/05/2015 Regular Agenda Packet Minutes
07/01/2015 Regular Meeting Cancelled
06/03/2015 Regular Agenda Packet Minutes
05/06/2015 Regular Agenda Packet Minutes
04/22/2015 Special Agenda Packet Minutes
04/01/2015 Regular Agenda Packet Minutes
03/04/2015 Regular Agenda Packet Minutes
02/04/2015 Regular Agenda Packet Minutes
01/07/2015 Regular Agenda Packet Minutes
12/11/2014 Regular Agenda Packet Minutes
12/03/2014 Regular Meeting Rescheduled
11/05/2014 Regular Agenda Packet Minutes
10/01/2014 Regular Agenda Packet Minutes
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08/06/2014 Regular Agenda Packet Minutes
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06/04/2014 Regular Agenda Packet Minutes
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04/02/2014 Regular Agenda Packet Minutes
03/13/2014 Special Agenda Packet Minutes
03/05/2014 Regular Meeting Cancelled
02/05/2014 Regular Agenda Packet Minutes
01/15/2014 Regular Agenda Packet Minutes
12/04/2013 Regular Agenda Packet Minutes
11/06/2013 Regular Agenda Packet Minutes
10/02/2013 Regular Agenda Packet Minutes
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03/06/2013 Regular Agenda Packet Minutes
02/06/2013 Regular Agenda Packet Minutes
01/23/2013 Special Agenda Packet Minutes
01/15/2013 Regular Agenda Packet Minutes
01/02/2013 Regular Meeting Cancelled
12/05/2012 Regular Meeting Cancelled
11/07/2012 Regular Agenda Packet Minutes
10/17/2012 Special Agenda Packet Minutes
10/03/2012 Regular Agenda Packet Minutes
09/08/2012 Site Visit Agenda Packet Minutes
09/05/2012 Regular Agenda Packet Minutes
08/01/2012 Regular Agenda Packet Minutes
07/18/2012 Regular Agenda Packet Minutes
06/20/2012 Work Session Agenda Packet Minutes
05/02/2012 Regular Agenda Packet Minutes
04/04/2012 Regular Agenda Packet Minutes


For more agendas, minutes and packets, click here.


MAP Historic Subdistricts Map (pdf)


Historic District Guidelines
Historic District
Design Guidelines (8M pdf)


The following link takes you to a “Preservation-by-Topic” index for information available on the National Park Service’s website. The index is a finding aid for online and printed technical preservation information developed on the subjects of historic preservation, cultural landscapes, and the rehabilitation of historic buildings. The documents you can access through this index are a valuable resource for anyone undertaking many types of historic preservation projects: http://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/by-topic.htm


Historic Bridges and Walls Assessment Report
Historic Bridges and Walls
Assessment Report (148 Mb pdf)