Summer is Here!

Welcome Summer!  The Historic Preservation Alliance of Colorado Springs is excited to present our Summer Tour schedule for 2023. There will be eight tours this year, all on Thursday evenings starting on July 13th and going through August 31. All tours require pre-registration online as there are several tours that have a limit on how many can be accommodated by our hosts. Registration check in times are as early as 3:30, most are at 5:30 and two are at 6:00. Our HPA members only pay any additional charges that the tour host might be charging. The non HPA members may attend for a voluntary donation of $10 for each event to the HPA and they will also have to pay an additional cost from the tour host if there is one. If you are not a member, we encourage you to renew or join the HPA. Tours will begin on time. Colorado summer evenings are unpredictable so come prepared with light jackets, sunscreen, comfortable shoes, umbrella, flashlight, etc. Bottle water will be available at all tours. Please-no Pets! In consideration of participating in HPA tours, the participant assumes and releases the HPA and its volunteers, employees, agents, and independent contractors from any and all risks of or liability for physical, emotional, or economic harm, injury, or damage caused by or arising from the acts, omissions, or negligence of the HPA, HPA volunteers, independent contractors, the participant him/herself, or any other person or entity. There will be a 2023 HPA Liability Waiver that you will need to sign on your 1st tour this year.
We can’t wait to see you again!
Your 2023 Summer Tour Committee-
Tim Boddington, Chairperson
John Haney, Carol Beans, Ron and Sue Harman, Ann Brock and Linda Trzyna

Summer tours are listed below. Choose find out more and reserve you and your guests spots before it fills up. Many events have a maximum capacity and if full you will automatically be added to to the waitlist and contacted if spots open up.

Jul 13, 2023

1st Summer Tour: Home of Carol Gugat

04:00 pm - 05:30 pm
 THIS REGISTRATION IS FOR THE 4pm TOUR Registration notes:  This isn’t a large home so there will be two registrations holding 40 people each MAXIMUM.  Note the earlier times.  You will
Jul 13, 2023

1st Summer Tour: Home of Carol Gugat

05:30 pm - 07:00 pm
THIS REGISTRATION IS FOR THE 5:30pm TOUR Registration notes:  This isn’t a large home so there will be two registrations holding 40 people each MAXIMUM.  Note the earlier times.  You will
Jul 20, 2023

2nd Summer Tour: The McAllister House Museum

06:00 pm - 07:30 pm
The McAllister House is a landmark in our city and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built for Major Henry McAllister and his family in
Jul 27, 2023

3rd Summer Tour: Pikes Peak Trolley Museum & Restoration Shop

06:00 pm - 07:30 pm
The Pikes Peak Historical Street Railway Foundation was founded in 1982 to acquire, restore and operate an authentic Colorado Springs streetcar.  This mission has been fulfilled except for operating our
Aug 03, 2023

4th Summer Tour: Tour of May Natural History Museum

05:30 pm - 07:30 pm
You’ve all seen the world’s largest beetle, Herkimer, from the roadway of SH-115.  Just last year, the refurbished statue won an HPA award for excellence in preserving shared heritage. He
Aug 10, 2023

5th Summer Tour: Art on the Streets

05:30 pm - 07:30 pm
Art on the Streets Walking Tour The annual Art on the Streets program transforms Downtown streets into an outdoor art gallery. Explore public art and get firsthand insight into the artists’
Aug 17, 2023

6th Summer Tour: First United Methodist Church

05:30 pm - 08:00 pm
Check in at 5:30 - Check in will be in the lobby at the North entrance of the Church. Tours start at 6:00 and will last approximately 2 hours. Ciera
Aug 24, 2023

7th Summer Tour: Fairview Cemetary

05:30 pm - 07:00 pm
Check in at 5:30 pm. Tours start when the first twenty are checked in. The tour is approximately two hours. There is a cost of $10 for this tour. Cash or
Aug 31, 2023

8th Summer Tour: World Figure Skating Museum & Hall of Fame

03:30 pm - 05:30 pm
THIS REGISTRATION IS FOR THE 3:30pm TOUR Cost: $10 per person for this guided tour. Cash or Check made out to the World Figure Skating Museum. We are doing TWO tours
Aug 31, 2023

8th Summer Tour: World Figure Skating Museum & Hall of Fame

05:30 pm - 07:30 pm
(THIS REGISTRATION IS FOR THE 5:30pm TOUR) Cost: $10 per person for this guided tour. Cash or Check made out to the World Figure Skating Museum. We are doing TWO tours

May is Preservation Month!



What:  A PowerPoint presentation will introduce the architecture, history, and stories of several of our local historic buildings.

When:  Saturday, May 6, 2023 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Where:  The First Lutheran Church, 1515 N. Cascade Avenue.

Click here for more information about this program


Welcome 2023 – our 24th year!  We are planning an exciting year and appreciate your membership, engagement and charitable gift to help us meet our mission.  CLICK HERE to renew your membership, join as a new member and/or make a special contribution in any category.  Thank you, from the HPA Board of Directors!


NEWS re: our historic City Auditorium!  Click on the link below to enjoy the professionally produced documentary on the past and future of the Grand Ol’ Lady, the Colorado Springs City Auditorium. The video highlights the past and reveals the vision to repurpose and revitalize our treasured historic auditorium.  Click this link to watch the documentary and support our City’s past, present and future!


WHY IS HISTORIC PRESERVATION ESSENTIAL? Through historic preservation, we look at history in different ways, ask different questions of the past, and learn new things about our history and ourselves. Join 2 of our Board members, Patricia Doyle and John Haney as they explore these benefits. Learn why HPA  supports historic preservation in Colorado Springs and within any community:it is essential to transmit our understanding of the past to future generations. Watch the presentation here!


Concerned about ReTool? Looking for neighborhood help?  CLICK HERE to access HistoricCOS – the City’s freshly adopted historic preservation master plan! 


Please continue to monitor our website and Facebook page for updates. Please use this time to access the myriad online learning tools including our new Click and Learn Library and our newly expanded Recommended Reading List!  Be well, be safe.

video library

Interested in learning more about The Historic Preservation Alliance? Curious about our Summer Tours or Winter Lectures? Thinking you would like to become a member but would like to see what it offers and would like to see the annual meeting for more info? Watch different videos below and if you would like to see our evergrowing library, then click this link to see our archive!

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An organization for all who love this place! Learn how together we can protect and preserve the best of the past for the future.  We are a city of Olympian-size ideals, deserving of balanced beauty – both natural and throughout our built environment – and respect for our unique heritage.

Whether you are the owner or occupant of a historic building, a person who values cultural landscapes and archaeological sites, or are a citizen or visitor who appreciates and desires to maintain our historic beauty, we invite you to become a member of this alliance of citizens who care about Colorado Springs, its past and its future. Members receive a membership card that provides FREE admission to all regular HPA meetings, seminars and our celebrated and fascinating Summer Tours.  Members also receive invitations to special members-only activities and the Annual Historic Preservation Awards Gala. You may join at any time, online or by mailing a check.  Annual renewals for existing members occur quarterly.

membership levels

General Palmer And Queen Palmer

$500 Annually

In honor of the visionary leader, and his wife, who founded Colorado Springs.

Winifield Scott Stratton

$250 Annually

In honor of the generous man who dared to dream, a skilled carpenter turned millionaire and philanthropist.

Helen Hunt Jackson

$100 Annually

In honor of an extraordinary author and woman who throughout her life supported preservation, conservation, and human rights.

Thomas Maclaren

$50 Annually

In honor of a talented and dedicated architect, whose buildings grace the historic landscape of Colorado Springs, including City Auditorium, City Hall, and Pauline Chapel.

Alice Beemis Taylor

$30 Annually

In honor of a woman whose generosity resulted in the Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs Day Nursery, Grace Episcopal Church, and La Foret, her Black Forest home, and more.

Student Membership

$15 Annually

Full-time high school or college student who has an interest in our local history and architecture

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Summer tours!

HPA wrapped up another  Summer Tour production, including Union Printer’s who stole the show with over 200 guests! 

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