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Changes to former hotel net award for ministry

July 13, 2014

By T.D. Mobley-Martinez, The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

July 13--With $1.5 million in renovations to the former Grand View Hotel, Summit Ministries has demonstrated it believes in Manitou Springs.

Summit Ministries, which offers student leadership programs during the summer, and nine others won the city's Historical Preservation Commission award. The commission hand picks the people and organizations that have preserved the spirit of Manitou in the area's historic buildings.


2013 Manitou Springs Preservation Commission Awards

--Summit Ministries for the new stair-elevator tower and improvements to the back of the historic Grand View Hotel, 9235 Osage Ave.

--Kevin LeGrande for respecting the character of downtown when converting 725 Manitou Ave. into a brewpub.

--Dena Rosenberry (employee of The Gazette) for the siding replacement project at 720 Duclo Ave.

--Nancy Wilson for the rehabilitation of the single-family home at 227 Pilot Knob Ave.

--The City of Manitou Springs for renovation of City Hall's public restrooms.

--Paula Miller for maintaining the historic appearance of the window at 14 Spencer Ave.

--KatsPaw LLC for the wall and patio at the historic Alabama house at 425 Washington Ave.

--Leeann Hseih for rehabilitation of the cottage at 823 Duclo Ave.

--Randy Hodges and Gwen David for the decorative garden pergola at The Historic Avenue Hotel, 711 Manitou Ave.

--2013 Preservation Pioneer: Dr. Lewis Archer

Built in 1891 by the Paulson family, the Grand View was purchased by another concern in the 1950s, which sold the building to Summit in 1962. It's since served as the organization's headquarters. The ministry's first of a three-phase capital campaign, which prompted the award, was focused on "life safety" and included creating a new elevator tower, installing sprinklers throughout the 30,000-square-foot structure as well as adding new carpet and paint. Jack Paulson, grandson of the original owners, is the project's architect.

"The Manitou Springs Fire Department is committed to protecting the people in the community and the Summit building was a large concern for them -- as it would be for any building made of dried wood," said Jeff Myers, president of the ministry. It's "rewarding to go from a building that worried them to a building that is safe."

The ministry offers 12-day programs for about 1,300 high school students from all over the country. The program walks college-bound students through their spiritual questions from a "Christian point of view," Myers said. "But we also want to inspire them to influence others in a positive way and to create change in the culture."

As soon as the last of this year's students leave, the second phase of the campaign begins: updating the facilities to be more accessible for disabled students. The final phase is to winterize the building.

The building doesn't have heating or air conditioning, Myers said. And without the former, the program has been forced to restrict itself to summer programming.

"The award was an affirmation to our team here, who worked really hard for seven months to get the project started and finished," he said. "I think it's an affirmation that we really are acting on our principles for caring for the students that are with us through the summer program. ... We want to be a joyful, contributing part of the community."


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