3 Westside locales in book featuring Springs' 'Historic Homes'
They are Glen Eyrie, the home of Colorado Springs founder General William Palmer, now the headquarters of the Navigators Christian organization; the Orchard House, built at Palmer's behest for relatives, now a restored attraction at the city's Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site; and the Husted House off 30th and Kiowa, originally the main house for Calvin and Amanda Husted's 40-acre ranch and still
Authored by the late Helen McIntire Anderson, "Historic Homes" lists 36 residences she selected as an "endearing part of our heritage and... a viable link to our historic past," her introduction states.
Two pages - one a written summary, the other a black-and-white photo - are devoted to each house. Most of the photos were shot by her son Gordon.
At the back of the book is a short biography on Helen, which states that she had a career as a fashion advertising artist and maintained a “lifelong interest in touring historic homes and learning about the people who lived in them.” She passed away in 2006, “one month after she completed the manuscript for this book, just three months prior to her one hundredth birthday,” the biography states.
Gordon Anderson is a professional photographer. “His photographs have appeared in local, regional and national
Here are samples of what Helen wrote about the three Westside homes she selected:
- Glen Eyrie - “The inside of the manor house is a masterpiece of traditional Gothic craftsmanship, exhibiting parquet floors, high dark oak wainscoting, beamed ceilings and twenty-four unique fireplaces… On the south wall of the formal dining room, a hidden doorway reveals General Palmer's study, an intimate space dominated by an enormous fireplace crafted from native travertine boulders.”
- Husted House - “The carefully crafted appointments on the inside of the thirteen-room house create an inviting atmosphere of Victorian charm… In the parlor, showy ceramic tiles surround the grate of the west-wall fireplace set below a shelved, three-mirrored oak mantelpiece, beautifully hand-carved by Winfield Scott Stratton.”
- Orchard House - “Adorned with distinctive curvilinear Flemish gables atop the front, back and side facades, the three-story, Mission-style residence was designed to resemble a South African Colonial Dutch manor… The still-functional kitchen showcases the original wood and coal cooking range. Servants' calling bells are mounted on the west wall adjacent to the servants' diminutive dining room.”
“Historic Homes of Colorado Springs and Vicinity” was published by the city's Historic Preservation Alliance in partnership with Filter Press and Gordon Anderson.
Copies will be available at various stores, including the Old Colorado City History Center's bookstore, Anderson said.
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