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."
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.
- Preservation Ordinances (2M pdf)
- State Tax Credit information and forms (1M pdf)
- Federal Tax Credit information (1M pdf)
- Preservation Briefs
- Historic Plaque Tour (728k pdf)
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 (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, 2013)
Vacancies: 1 regular member, 3 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)|
|12/04/2013 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.
- Dec 10, 2013 City Council Worksession
- Dec 11, 2013 Metropolitan District
- Dec 17, 2013 City Council Meeting
- Jan 21, 2014 City Council Meeting
- Feb 18, 2014 City Council Meeting