The Broadmoor

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     The Broadmoor has been one of my favorite places to visit for family gatherings and vacations. The Broadmoor is a hotel that is situated roughly twenty-two miles away from the base of Pikes Peak in the Broadmoor district of Colorado Springs, Colorado. There is always so much to do and whenever we get together its normally multiple sides of our family, so the more people we get the more exploring and experiences we get to enjoy. This is one place where it is totally fine to wake up each morning without a plan and just explore and do whatever you want, and with the vast number of options it’s really pretty hard to not have a good time or experience something new and adventurous. Everything is in walking distance and centered around the main complex. I really enjoy this hotel for it’s atmosphere inside, outside, and even looking down on the grounds from the trolley up to the top of Pikes Peak. This hotel started its birth in 1916 and was interestingly enough developed by the same architects (Warren and Wetmore) who designed the Ritz-Carlton and Biltmore Hotels.

     On our last family trip to the Broadmoor, part of my family ventured off on one of the misty mornings to try and check out all of the grounds and explore different parts of the facilities that we hadn’t seen in previous trips. There were small informative write-ups molded into some of the large tree stumps that were cut during the original clearing of the grounds for the birth of the hotel. Some of these little informative memos were actually pretty interesting and actually tie perfectly into this Architecture blog. One of the messages mentioned that in early development Warren and Wetmore were caught between what they saw as a perfect design and what the owner Spencer Penrose wanted, but once Penrose brought in Fredrick Law Olmsted (the landscaper who developed the layout of Central Park), the architects agreed to follow the plans with a Italian Renaissance style hotel to blend in with the orange, pink, tan, and gold of the Cheyenne Mountains behind where the Hotel would be constructed. Personally, I am a big fan of stucco style homes and especially for this hotel because it is clean cut and looks very professional, but also carries a very inviting warm feeling when pulling up the long drive.

Very similar to how architects pull our eyes up when walking into cathedrals or churches with huge vaulted ceilings, I think the long driveway up to the front of the Broadmoor hotel allows visitors a few moments to get wrapped up in all of the different levels of the main building and to get a full view of the front entry way. I guess it was a great plan for a first glance shock and awe factor, or at least it mesmerizes me every time we pull up the drive. It’s always a great atmosphere and start to the vacation.

Some fun facts about the Broadmoor:

There was a shooting school on the grounds for a short time when the Broadmoor originally opened and the classes were taught by Annie Oakley.

There are three golf courses surrounding the Broadmoor and two of the courses were co-designed by Arnold Palmer and Donald Ross.

Penrose wanted to be known as owning the nicest hotel in the United States, so he spent $2,000,000 for the completion of the the Broadmoor. (Close to $32,000,000 in 2016)

The Oklahoma Publishing Company actually became a majority share holder in 1989, due the Tax Reform of 1969.

In total the grounds of the Broadmoor consist of 160 condominium/town homes, 43 treatment and relaxation rooms, 799 hotel rooms, 16 acre ranch, private airport, and a 185,000 sq.ft. Meeting room, where they have hosted meeting from councils of NATO, and George W. Bush, two small man made lakes and a resort style infinity pool.

 

 

 

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