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."

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 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

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.

Ann Nichols, Vice Chair (Term expires March 31, 2016)
Molly Wingate,(Term expires March 31, 2016)
Tammila Wright,  (Term expires March 31, 2017)  
Neale Minch, Chair(Term expires March 31, 2016)

Alternate Members:

Hillary Mannion(Term expires March 31, 2017)
Roger Armstrong (Term expires March 31, 2017) 

Vacancies: 3 Commissioners and 1 Alternate Member

City Council Liaison Randy Hodges
Staff Liaison  Michelle Anthony,  Senior 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)
12/02/2015 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 Meeting Cancelled Meeting Cancelled
06/03/2015 Regular Meeting Agenda Packet
05/06/2015 Regular Meeting Agenda Packet
04/22/2015 Special Meeting Agenda Packet 
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
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


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.

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)