Union Printer’s Home

101 S. Union Blvd.

Built in 1892, the Union Printer’s Home provided physical and mental care for more than 25,000 aged, sick and indigent printers from all over the country.  Tuberculosis was a common ailment of printers, who were exposed to toxic carbon compounds  in the ink they used.  At the time of construction, the life expectancy of a printer was 41 years.  The Home was built  on an 80-acre parcel donated by the Colorado Springs Board of Trade. The building is constructed of grey and white lava trimmed with red sandstone and lyonstone. The hands on the clock on the front tower are permanently set to 8:00, to commemorate the passage of legislation establishing the 8-hour work day.

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