Endangered Places
Hearthstone Inn

506 N. Cascade
Circa: 1920s

Home of Judson Moss Bemis.  Alice Bemis, born in 1877 in Massachusetts, married Frederick Taylor in 1903 and they began a life of philanthropy that benefited Colorado then, as well as today.

Before her death in 1941, Alice bequeathed $400,000 to Colorado College in Colorado Springs, along with financial support of the Fine Arts Center and the Day Nursery, which she started in 1923.

In 1934, Alice donated $600,000 to build the Fine Arts Center located on the site of the Broadmoor Art Academy (which housed drama, music, an art school, galleries, and a library to house her 6,000 volumes of Americana) and the Taylor Museum for Southwest Studies.

Alice’s father, Judson Moss Bemis, was a major donor in building Bemis Hall in 1908.  Judson founded a manufacturing company that became the world’s largest manufacturer of textiles and paper bags.

As a Trustee of Colorado College from 1912-1919, he gave several buildings to Colorado College including Bemis Hall.

Alice’s husband, businessman Frederick Taylor, supported the Boy Scouts, the Salvation Army, the Nutrition Camp of Colorado Springs and the American Red Cross.  Both are buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs, Colorado.