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 in1979.  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."


Manitou Springs Maintenance Grant Program for Historic Homes

The City of Manitou Springs has created a small grant program to help owner/occupants of homes 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 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.

Manitou Springs City Council provided $3,000 in initial funding in the 2013 budget to start this program. The Historic Preservation Commission has been working for the last several months putting together details and the necessary information, application forms, and instructions.

The goal of the program is to help owner/occupants of historic homes 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 a copy can be obtaind 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.

National Preservation Month

May is celebrated nationally as Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month.  The Statewide theme for 2012 is "Connecting Colorado".  The goal is to showcase the archaeology/preservation networks and partnerships throughout the state, and to highlight how those networks and partnerships are Connecting Colorado in our efforts to promote, protect, and educate about archaeology and historic preservation. 


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 should have a demonstrated 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.

Anne Hyde, Vice Chair(Term expires March 31, 2014)
Ann Nichols (Term expires March 31, 2016)
Molly Wingate,(Term expires March 31, 2015)
Tammila Wright, Chair (Term expires March 31, 2014)  
Hillary Mannion (Term expires March 31, 2015)
Cylinda Walker (Term expires March 31, 2016)
Neale Minch (Term expires March 31, 2016)

Alternate Members:

Hillary Mannion (Term expires March 31, 2015)

Roger Armstrong (Term expires March 31, 2017)


Vacancies: 1 Commissioner and 1 Alternate Members

City Council Liaison Randy Hodges
Staff Liaison  Michelle Anthony, Planner


HPC meetings are quasi-judicial and are open to the public. The Commission meets the 1stWednesday of each month at 7:00 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.

Date Agenda (pdf)  Packets (pdf) Minutes (pdf)
12/03/2014 Regular Meeting  
11/05/2014 Regular Meeting  
10/01/2014 Regular Meeting  
09/03/2014 Regular Meeting  
08/06/2014 Regular Meeting  
07/02/2014 Regular Meeting  
06/04/2014 Regular Meeting  
05/07/2014 Regular Meeting  
04/02/2014 Regular Meeting  
03/13/2014 Special Meeting Agenda

Packet             Photos

03/05/2014 Regular Meeting Meeting Cancelled
02/05/2014 Regular Meeting Agenda Packet Minutes
01/15/2014 Regular Meeting Agenda Packet Minutes
12/04/2013 Regular Meeting   Meeting Cancelled
11/06/2013 Regular Meeting Agenda Packet
10/02/2013 Regular Meeting Meeting Cancelled
09/04/2013 Regular Meeting Agenda Packet (5.5 mb)
08/07/2013 Regular Meeting Agenda Packet
07/03/2013 Regular Meeting Agenda Packet (2.4 MB)
No june Meeting
05/01/2013 Regular Meeting Agenda Packet (2mb)
04/03/2013 Regular Meeting Agenda Packet (4mb)  Minutes
03/06/2013 Regular Meeting Agenda Packet (1mb) Minutes
02/06/2013 Regular Meeting Agenda Packet (14mb) Minutes
01/23/2013 Special Meeting Meeting Cancelled
01/02/2013 Regular Meeting Agenda Meeting Cancelled
12/05/2012 Regular Meeting Meeting Cancelled  
11/07/2012 Regular Meeting Agenda Packet Minutes
10/03/2012 Regular Meeting Agenda Packet Minutes
09/05/2012 Regular Meeting Agenda Packet Minutes
08/01/2012 Regular Meeting    Meeting Cancelled  
07/18/2012 Regular Meeting Agenda Packet Minutes
06/06/2012 Regular Meeting    Meeting Cancelled  
05/02/2012 Regular Meeting  Meeting Cancelled  
04/04/2012 Regular Meeting Agenda  Packet Minutes
03/07/2012 Regular Meeting Agenda  Packet Minutes
02/01/2012 Regular Meeting Agenda Packet Minutes
01/04/2011 Retreat Meeting Agenda    
12/07/2011 Regular Meeting   Meeting Cancelled  
11/02/2011 Regular Meeting Agenda Packet Minutes 
10/05/2011 Regular Meeting Agenda Meeting Cancelled  
09/07/2011 Regular Meeting Agenda Meeting Cancelled  
08/03/2011 Regular Meeting Agenda Packet (2MB) Minutes
07/06/2011 Regular Meeting Agenda Packet (4MB) Minutes
06/01/2011 Regular Meeting Agenda Packet Minutes
05/04/2011 Regular Meeting Agenda Packet (11MB) Minutes
04/06/2011 Regular Meeting Agenda Packet (4MB) Minutes
03/02/2011 Regular Meeting Agenda Packet (2MB) Minutes
02/02/2011 Regular Meeting Agenda Packet (3MB) Minutes
01/05/2011 Regular Meeting Agenda Packet (4MB)  Minutes

Note: Documents are PDFs unless indicated.