Presented by Roxanne Eflin, Board President of the Historic Preservation Alliance of Colorado Springs at the 17th annual Awards Gala, October 17, 2018, at the historic Briarhurst Manor Estate, Manitou Springs, Colorado.

“Welcome members, sponsors, colleagues, guests and friends to the 17th annual Awards Gala of the Historic Preservation Alliance of Colorado Springs.

I am Roxanne Eflin, Board President, and it my honor on behalf of my fellow board members to welcome all of you here to the beautiful historic Briarhurst Manor Estate on this lovely evening.  We are pleased to be returning here for a second year and are honored to be visiting our sister city of Manitou Springs, one of the largest National Register historic districts west of the Mississippi.  This is also my family’s home town – my great grandfather arrived here 100 years ago to work in the mineral water industry.

I’d like to thank the Briarhurst for making us feel welcome here in the second home built on this spot by Dr. William Bell, co-founder with General Palmer of Manitou Springs.  This estate was built in 1887 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  The room you’re in was an expansion 20 years ago and is great illustration of compatible new design in-keeping with the architectural style and character of the original building.  The Briarhurst is a great treasure.

We have record attendance here tonight, including 45 new members – thank you all for your support and interest in our mission – and for being here this evening to celebrate excellence in historic preservation.

I’m pleased to introduce a few special guests:

  • First, Manitou Springs Mayor Ken Jaray and First Lady Sandy Jaray
  • Malcolm Fleming, interim City Manager
  • Susan Edmondson, Executive Director of the Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs, also one of our great partners and a sponsor for this evening.
  • Samantha Klingenburg, President of the Old North End Neighborhood
  • Cathy Mundy, Founding Board member of our organization, who is also on the Board of the Friends of Monument Valley Park, also one of our great collaborative partners with Tahama Spring.
  • Sara Vaas from CONO, our great collaborative partner
  • Michael Collins, past President of the HPA
  • and my husband, Michael Alvino, who is the great supporter behind the scene!

We are also so grateful for our sponsors who have helped make this evening possible:

  • CSNA Architects,
  • Griffis Blessing
  • the Old North End Neighborhood
  • RTA Architects
  • Downtown Partnership
  • Olson Plumbing and Heating
  • Groninger Concrete
  • Tim and Cate Boddington
  • Roxanne Eflin and Michael Alvino
  • Jim Fennell
  • John and Betty Haney
  • Justin Hutchcraft
  • Al and Becky Rohr

We also have with us a quartet of great talent from the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony.  Musicians:  Alex Tada, Lane Strand, Jay Gregg, Toby Mijares.  Thanks very much for adding beautiful music to our gathering.

Next year is our 20th anniversary and we are preparing for a very big year.  Our mission remains our beacon – our guiding light – to provide leadership and inspiration to preserve, protect and promote Colorado Springs’ heritage and historic neighborhoods for today and future generations.  We accomplish this mission through a four-point approach of advocacy, education, events and strategic alliances.

It’s my pleasure to introduce our Board of Directors:  Al Rohr, Vice President and Secretary; Nancy I. Brown, Secretary, Tim Boddington, Treasurer; Gary Conover, Miles Cottom (our newest Board member!), Pat Doyle who is unable to join us this evening, Jim Fennell, John Haney, Justin Hutchcraft and Jeff Long.  It is my joy and honor to work alongside these passionate, hard-working volunteers.

Last year we launched our new logo and website – where everything we do is posted so please check it frequently.  This year we’re on the edge of social media with Facebook.

We’ve also had a an extraordinary year with our winter lecture series about the Broadmoor Art Academy, our field trip to tour Denver’s Sacred Spaces and our wildly popular summer evening tours ranging from Chico Basin Ranch to Peterson Air and Space Museum – and other historic gems you normally will not have access to discover.

May is National Preservation Month and was perfect time to add on even more site visits including an interesting history of Platte Avenue (thanks, Tim Scanlon) and a day at Glen Eyrie!

And this past year we hosted the first Pikes Peak Preservation Forum, gathering 90 preservation-minded leaders for a terrific one day conference and celebration of the Broadmoor’s Centennial.  Based on enthusiastic feedback, we’re looking ahead to our 2nd annual Forum this coming May.

Good progress has been made this year on the Harlan Wolfe House – a new roof and gutters by Kiva Construction, thanks to grant funding through the State Historical Fund.  And we’re going to conclude this evening with exciting news about Tahama Spring in Monument Valley Park and the launch of a new Friends of Tahama Spring, the new 501(c)3 nonprofit to support is fundraising and endowment needs.

This year we developed our organization’s first Strategic Plan and revised our Bylaws.  We’ve been working hard on Governance, in preparation for even greater work and accomplishments that we know are in our horizon.

The HPA is also a proud co-sponsor of the City’s current preservation master planning effort which is underway, and scheduled to conclude next year.  Many meetings and opportunities for public input have been in place throughout this year.  We encourage you to visit the City’s website to learn more and contact any of us with your ideas and feedback.

Our historic places define so much:  the look and feel of our communities, our sense of belonging, our history, our future – ourselves.  Historic preservation is the greatest recycling effort we can do to support the environment.  Cities and towns nationwide and right here at the foot of Pikes Peak are enjoying a rebirth through reinvestment and reuse of the older places we love.

Preservation is about managing change and working together with the many other fields that contribute to livable, sustainable and vibrant communities.  Jane Jacobs once said “New ideas thrive in older buildings.”  And we thank all of you for joining with us to keep our history alive, relevant and useful.

This is an exceptional time to be involved with our organization and your own immediately neighborhood to save the places and space that matter to YOU.  We are looking ahead with great optimism and making some big strides in our role as preservation advocates in the Olympic City!  Now please enjoy your dinner and each other and we’ll meet back here over dessert to present the 17th annual Preservation Honor Awards.”