Historic Preservation Commission (HPC)
Unlike 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."
The 2013 HPC Honor Award Recipients are:
* Kevin LeGrande for respecting the character of the downtown while converting 725 Manitou Avenue into a brewpub.
* Dena Rosenberry for the siding replacement project at 720 Duclo Avenue.
* Nancy Wilson for the rehabilitation of the single-family home at 227 Pilot Knob Avenue.
* The City of Manitou Springs for renovation of city hall’s public restrooms.
* Paula Miller for maintaining the historic appearance of the window at 14 Spencer Avenue.
* KatsPaw, LLC for the new wall and patio at the historic Alabama house 425 Washington Avenue.
* Leeann Hseih for rehabilitation of the cottage at 823 Duclo Avenue.
* Randy Hodges and Gwen David for the decorative garden pergola at The Historic Avenue Hotel - 711 Manitou Avenue.
* Summit Ministries for the new stair/elevator tower and improvements to the back of the historic Grandview Hotel 9235 Osage Avenue.
2013 Preservation Pioneer: Dr. Lewis Archer
Congratulations to all the participants!
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.
May 2015 is Colorado Archeology and Historic Preservation Month!
The theme for this year’s celebration of Colorado’s fantastic historic and archeological legacy is “History in the Making – Celebrating Youth in Preservation.” May will also be National Preservation Month. The theme for 2015 hasn’t been released yet…stay tuned!
The Historic Preservation Commission holds its annual honor awards in May each year. If you have an idea for an event or want to share an activity you are planning in celebration of Preservation Month contact us!
Colorado Historic Preservation Tax Credit for
There is an additional 5% credit for properties within a disaster declaration area for 6 years after the declaration!
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, (Term expires March 31, 2017)
Ann Nichols, (Term expires March 31, 2016)
Molly Wingate,(Term expires March 31, 2016)
Tammila Wright, (Term expires March 31, 2017)
Cylinda Walker, Chair (Term expires March 31, 2016)
Neale Minch, Vice Chair (Term expires March 31, 2016)
Hillary Mannion(Term expires March 31, 2017)
Roger Armstrong (Term expires March 31, 2017)
Vacancies: 1 Commissioner and 1 Alternate Members
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)|
|12/02/2015 Regular Meeting|
|11/04/2015 Regular Meeting|
|10/07/2015 Regular Meeting|
|09/02/2105 Regular Meeting|
|08/05/2015 Regular Meeting|
|07/01/2015 Regular Meeting|
|06/03/2015 Regular Meeting|
|05/06/2015 Regular Meeting|
|04/22/2015 Special Meeting|
|04/01/2015 Regular Meeting||Agenda||Packet|
|03/04/2015 Regular Meeting||Agenda||Packet||Minutes|
|02/04/2015 Regular Meeting||Agenda||Packet||Minutes|
|01/07/2015 Regular Meeting||Agenda||Packet||Minutes|
|12/11/2014 Regular Meeting||Agenda||Packet||Minutes|
|12/03/2014 No Quorum||Rescheduled||for 12/11/2014|
|11/05/2014 Regular Meeting||Agenda||Packet|
|10/01/2014 Regular Meeting||Agenda||Packet|
|09/03/2014 Regular Meeting||Agenda||Packet||Minutes|
|08/06/2014 Regular Meeting||Agenda||Packet||Minutes|
|07/02/2014 Regular Meeting||Agenda||Packet||Minutes|
|06/04/2014 Regular Meeting||Agenda||Packet||Minutes|
|05/07/2014 Regular Meeting||Agenda||Packet||Minutes|
|04/02/2014 Regular Meeting||Cancelled||Cancelled||Cancelled|
|03/13/2014 Special Meeting||Agenda|
|03/05/2014 Regular Meeting||Cancelled||Cancelled||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.
- Apr 21, 2015 Municipal Court
- Apr 27, 2015 Open Space Advisory Committee
- May 04, 2015 PARAB
- May 05, 2015 City Council Meeting
- May 06, 2015 Historic Preservation Commission
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