Colorado Springs - Downtown

Courthouse, Shove Chapel, and the Fine Arts Center


Please join Columns & Coffee and Colorado Preservation, Inc. as we travel south by motor coach to Colorado Springs, Denver’s sister city to the south, with its wide streets laid out practically in the shadow of majestic Pikes Peak.  Colorado Preservation, Inc. Executive Director Roxanne Eflin calls Colorado Springs “a charming, romantic city that draws one to explore in order to appreciate.”  Roxanne will be our guide for an overview of selected historic downtown buildings, beginning with the stunning Art Nouveau Van Briggle Art Pottery building designed by Dutch architect Nicholaas van den Arend in 1907 and where Roxanne will be joining our bus.  After viewing several local residential highlights and a stop at Shove Chapel on the Colorado College campus (a fine example of the Norman Romanesque style by Scottish-born architect John Gray in 1930), we will then visit the Pioneer Museum in the restored El Paso County Courthouse, done in the Second Renaissance Revival style by August J. Smith in 1903.  Matt Mayberry, Cultural Service Manager/Director at the museum, has volunteered to lead us on an exciting behind-the-scenes tour of this historic building on the Square. 

Next, we will take the motor coach up to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center to enjoy a luncheon in the award-winning Taste café in the Art Deco dining room and westward-looking terrace balcony.  Mike Mayberry, Docent Vice-President at the Fine Arts Center and Living Treasure Award recipient, is an expert on architect John Gaw Meem, the renowned Santa Fe, NM architect who designed the original building in 1936.  Mike, along with three other docents, have volunteered to lead our group on a tour of the building itself along with a peek at the original blueprint drawings. We will also see the handsome recent addition to the museum by Tryba Architects of Denver.

*Photos (from top left to bottom right) courtesy of Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum, Colorado College, and Internet

BOARD the MOTOR COACH at 8:30am



Location: Meet the Motor Coach at 8:20am for an 8:30am departure in the ample parking lot near the yellow “butter sticks” sculpture at the Denver Design District, 595 S. Broadway, Denver, CO 80209.  Coffee will be provided.  The tour will be traveling to downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado, and returning to the Denver Design District at approximately 3:45pm.

Cost: $45 for current ICAA, Historic Denver, or Colorado Preservation, Inc. members.  $55 for non-members.  Price includes the fare for the bus, gourmet lunch at Taste, and the docent-led tour at the Fine Arts Center.

Register for the Event HERE The tour will be limited to 51 persons. While registering, please make your luncheon menu selection of A) Classic Curry Chicken Salad, B) Almost Famous Quiche, C) Gourmet Beef Burger, or D) The Brooklyn pastrami sandwich.  If sold out, please add your name to the Wait List in case of cancellations.

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Questions?  Please email Tom Matthews at