Colorado Springs Hotel

At Cascade and Pikes Peak Avenues

Photo Courtesy of Pikes Peak Library District Special Collections

Many people drive past this building every day without realizing its historic significance. Today we recognize this building as the home of Pikes Peak Legal Services, on South Nevada. Surprisingly, this nondescript office building was the city’s most prominent building in 1872.  Nestled on the southeast corner of Cascade and Pikes Peak Avenues, the Colorado Springs Hotel beckoned visitors arriving on the train from Denver.  It is believed that President Ulysses S. Grant, Cornelius Vanderbilt and John D. Rockefeller all stayed there,  enjoying the unobstructed view of Pikes Peak. General Palmer built this hotel, but ended up using it for storage when his new Antler’s Hotel opened across the street in 1884.  In the 1940′s the Colorado Springs Hotel was moved to its current location and turned into apartments. What was once the main entrance to the hotel is now a solid wall facing south, with the front door opening to the west.

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