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."


INTERESTED IN TAX CREDITS??

In Observance of Preservation Month, The Historic Preservation Alliance of Colorado Springs (HPA), the Old North End Neighborhood and The Historic Preservation Board of Colorado Springs will  host two workshops.  Click here for more information on two topics being presented:  

1.  Saturday, May 14, 2016:  Presentation & Site Vist:  Historic Preservation Tax Credits for Homeowners

2.  Saturday, May 28, 2016:  Hidden Treasures of the Historic Mesa Springs Neighborhood. 


 

Preservation Month 2016

May is Preservation Month, and this year we're celebrating with three simple words that say it all: This. Place. Matters. At the National Trust, we believe that Preservation Month is an excellent opportunity to shine a spotlight on all the special places that are important to you. In the coming weeks, we'll be sharing some exciting new tips and tricks to help you take your #ThisPlaceMatters photos to the next level as we all celebrate in May. Check back soon for more information! And in the meantime, click here to download a "This Place Matters" sign and start sharing the places most important to you


  April 4, 2016, IS THE LAST DAY TO SCHEDULE A PRE-APPLICATION APPOINTMENT TO BE ON THE

May 4, 2016, HPC AGENDA


 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR 2016 - Please read....  

Pre-Application appointments are now being required a minimum of 10 business days prior to submission deadline.  Click here to see the Historic Preservation 2016 Calendar.  Please call the Planning Department at 719-685-4398 to schedule your appointment.


2014 Honor Award Recipients

Roger & Cindy Poorman for construction of an addition, front porch, and new garage at 117 Deer Path Avenue

Douglas Greeley & Karen Sutherland for the new, Log Cabin at 208 Chelten Road

Dave Monson & Brian Scully for renovations and upgrades to the historic Craftwood Inn at 404 El Paso Blvd.

The Cliff House for the sensitive siting of a floodgate at 306 Canon Avenue

* Carol Nelson for returning the buildings at 108-112 Ruxton Avenue to a useful state

St. Andrews Episcopal Church for exterior rehabilitation, repair & ADA entry at 808 Manitou Avenue

Susan Cote for siding & window replacement at 442 Winter Street

Laura Matthews for reconstruction & upgrade of the garage at 1151 Manitou Avenue

Charles & Sue Barnhardt for garage construction in the Log Cabin District at 10 Short Road

Brandon & Delena Hubscmitt for reconstruction of the stone foundation wall and restoration of original window at 415 Washington Avenue

SunWater Ventures, LLC, for the new commercial building at 514 El Paso Blvd.

James & Jeanne Turner for restoration of original wood windows at 106 Spencer Avenue

Congratulations Everyone!



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 obtained

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.

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!


Commissioners

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.

Neale Minch  Chair (Term expires March 31, 2016)
Ann Nichols  
Vice Chair (Term expires March 31, 2016)
Molly Wingate  
(Term expires March 31, 2016)
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)

Alternate Members:

Roger Armstrong (Term expires March 31, 2017) 


Vacancies: 2 Alternate Members

City Council Liaison Randy Hodges
Staff Liaison  Michelle AnthonySenior Planner


Meetings

HPC meetings are quasi-judicial and are open to the public. The Commission meets the 1stWednesday of each month.  Beginning November 2015, meetings will start 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.

Date Agenda (pdf)  Packets (pdf) Minutes (pdf)
2016
12/07/2016 Regular Meeting
11/02/2016 Regular Meeting
10/05/2016 Regular Meeting
09/07/2016 Regular Meeting
08/03/2016 Regular Meeting
07/06/2016 Regular Meeting
06/01/2016 Regular Meeting
05/04/2016 Regular Meeting Agenda Packet
04/06/2016 Regular Meeting Agenda Packet
03/02/2016 Regular Meeting Meeting Cancelled
02/03/2016 Regular Meeting Agenda Packet Minutes
01/06/2016 Regular Meeting Agenda

MCAC 1525 & MCAC 1527

Minutes
2015  
12/02/2015 Regular Meeting Agenda Packet
11/04/2015 Regular Meeting Agenda
10/28/2015 Worksession Agenda Packet
10/07/2015 Regular Meeting Agenda Packet Minutes
09/02/2105 Regular Meeting Agenda Packet Minutes
08/05/2015 Regular Meeting Agenda  Packet Minutes
07/01/2015 Cancelled Meeting Cancelled Meeting Cancelled
06/03/2015 Regular Meeting Agenda Packet Minutes
05/06/2015 Regular Meeting Agenda Packet Minutes
04/22/2015 Special Meeting Agenda Packet  Minutes
04/01/2015 Regular Meeting Agenda Packet Minutes
03/04/2015 Regular Meeting Agenda Packet Minutes
02/04/2015 Regular Meeting Agenda Packet Minutes
01/07/2015 Regular Meeting Agenda Packet Minutes
 
2014  
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

Packet             Photos

Minutes

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

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10/02/2013 Regular Meeting

Meeting Cancelled

09/04/2013 Regular Meeting

Agenda

Packet (5.5 mb)

08/07/2013 Regular Meeting

Agenda

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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

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Minutes

03/06/2013 Regular Meeting

Agenda

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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

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Minutes

09/05/2012 Regular Meeting

Agenda

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Minutes

08/01/2012 Regular Meeting

 

 Meeting Cancelled

 

07/18/2012 Regular Meeting

Agenda

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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

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Minutes

 

01/04/2011 Retreat Meeting

Agenda

 

 

12/07/2011 Regular Meeting

 

Meeting Cancelled

 

 

Agenda

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Minutes 

10/05/2011 Regular Meeting

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Meeting Cancelled

 

09/07/2011 Regular Meeting

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Meeting Cancelled

 

08/03/2011 Regular Meeting

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Minutes

07/06/2011 Regular Meeting

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Minutes

06/01/2011 Regular Meeting

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Minutes

05/04/2011 Regular Meeting

Agenda

Packet (11MB)

Minutes

04/06/2011 Regular Meeting

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Packet (4MB)

Minutes

03/02/2011 Regular Meeting

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Minutes

02/02/2011 Regular Meeting

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Minutes

01/05/2011 Regular Meeting

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Minutes

 
Note: Documents are PDFs unless indicated. 

 

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)