Summer Tours 2018!

From Starsmore to the Mining Museum and from historic commercial districts of Manitou Springs and Old Colorado City to Chico Basin Ranch (on a Saturday!), the HPA is thrilled to present a diverse line up of fascinating historic places throughout the Pikes Peak region this summer.  Comfortable walking shoes, layers, rain gear and cameras are always recommended.  (A small flashlight is even recommended for later evening tours.)

Concluding TOUR #8 

August 23 at 6:30 PM –  We are thrilled to close this summer tour season with a tour of the historic Pastorius House and landscape at 720 N. Cascade, in the Old North End Historic District.  Join us to discover the fascinating history of this 1901 gem and it’s significant gardens, interpreted by an expert special guest.  Our hosts are graciously providing a Summer Season Concluding Reception!

A bit of history:

This c.1901 house is significant for its association with the development of North Cascade as a residential area with several substantial residences during the Cripple Creek boom. According to a previous survey form, it is the “only remaining Cripple Creek era mansion south of Colorado College still in single-family use on its original lot.”  It is closely associated with Francis D. Pastorius, president of the Colorado Investment & Realty Co., prominent realtor and investor, and a founder of the Colorado Springs Garden Club. Pastorius built the house and lived here with his family. Victor Hungerford married Mary Pastorius and served as mayor of Colorado Springs during the period he lived here (ending in 1949). The house is significant for its architecture, as an elaborate example of the half-timbered version of the Queen Anne style and notable for its gables with stucco and half-timbering, embedded mineral specimens; shingled walls; sash and transform window with lattice in transoms; porch with columns brackets, and Queen Anne balustrade; and stone foundation, as well as a variety of other embellishments. The interior of the house is also reported to be of significance, being elaborately ornamented and unaltered.

The property is especially significant for its landscape architecture, which includes a high stone wall at the rear, unimpeded views of the mountains to the west, and garden which is very important to history of landscape architecture in the city; it was cited as a show place of the region in 1926.

HPA Coordinator: Carol Beans   Disabled Access: No    Restrooms: No