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."



These meetings will be the last held BEFORE the Architect starts putting pen to paper, so PLEASE if you love our library, use our library, or know someone that does, come participate in how we improve the facility to serve the community for the next 100 years! Please pass this information on to anyone who might be interested.  


2015 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.


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


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.


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 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.

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!


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, 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

City Council Liaison Randy Hodges
Staff Liaison  Michelle AnthonySenior Planner


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
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


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)