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The Broadmoor

    The Broadmoor
 in Colorado Springs


In 1880, tuberculosis patient Willie Wilcox came west seeking his fortune and hoping to find a cure for his illness. He bought the land at the base of Cheyenne Mountain and established a small dairy farm, but his inexperience with animals became his undoing. Wilcox formed a partnership with a Prussian Count named James Pourtales, who had also come west to seek romance and fortune.

Pourtales had grand designs and decided the only way to make a truly decent profit was to create an upper-class suburb of Colorado Springs with numerous amenities. Thus was born The Broadmoor Land and Investment Company in 1890. To entice buyers, Pourtales built the original Broadmoor Casino and Cheyenne Lake. After going bankrupt when the casino burned down, Pourtales sold the land to a group of investors who built a second casino and a small hotel. Plagued with similar problems, the second casino and the hotel went into receivership. Purchased by a prominent Colorado Springs investor, the hotel and casino became The Broadmoor School for Girls, a private boarding school.

On May 9, 1916, Spencer Penrose, a Philadelphia entrepreneur who had made his fortune in mining, purchased the casino, hotel and an adjoining 450 acres. His dream was to turn the Pikes Peak region into the most interesting, multi-faceted resort area that could be imagined. The New York firm of Warren and Wetmore designed the structure and construction began on May 20, 1917. Skilled artisans were brought from Europe to create The Broadmoor's elaborate moldings, embellishments, and paintings. To further enhance its renown, Penrose also hired famed Scottish golf architect Donald Ross to create the hotel’s 18-hole golf course.


Founded by Mr. Penrose and tastefully decorated under the watchful eye of his wife Julie Penrose, The Broadmoor resort officially opened its doors on June 29, 1918 with three buildings, 350 rooms, a number of amenities, including a spa, tennis, and world-class golf course.

1988: Edward L. Gaylord’s Oklahoma Publishing Company purchases controlling interest of The Broadmoor from El Pomar Foundation, keepers of the trust set up by Mr. and Mrs. Penrose prior to Mr. Penrose’s death.

2004: Oklahoma Publishing Company purchases the remaining 20% interest to become a sole proprietorship.

2011: Anschutz Corporation of Denver purchases all businesses of Oklahoma Publishing, including The Broadmoor. Mr. Philip Anschutz becomes only the third owner in the resort’s history.

1994: The Broadmoor adds new Golf, Spa, and Tennis facility and Rocky Mountain Ballroom.

1995: West Tower replaces the site of the former Broadmoor World Arena skating facility, which moves three miles east and becomes the Colorado Springs World Arena and Ice Hall.

1996: A walking bridge spanning the lake and connecting the east and west sides of The Broadmoor complex is added.

2000: The Broadmoor West building, including Charles Court restaurant, is renovated and remodeled.

2001: A new water complex is added to the north end of Cheyenne Lake, including a zero-entry infinity swimming pool, mountain-like water slides, two 14-person hot tubs, private cabanas, and a seasonal pool café. The new 21-room Lakeside Suites building is completed on the site of the old Main pool. Most suites have gas fireplaces and unobstructed views of the lake and mountains.

2002: The original Broadmoor Main Building opens after a total restoration and renovation. Artwork is restored on ceilings and walls; two guest elevators are added; rooms are redesigned with five-fixture baths and a host of state-of-the-art services and amenities.

2002: Former Mountain Golf Course clubhouse is renovated and reopens as Cheyenne Lodge with spectacular vistas for private functions.

2004: The Spa at The Broadmoor is expanded to 43,000-sqare-feet with the addition of 10 new treatment rooms, two exclusive water treatments - the Serenity Shower and the Tranquility Tub – as part of a total redesign of the existing space, all created by master architect TAG Galyean.

2005 / 2006: The East Golf Course is returned to the original 1918 bunker design of legendary course designer Donald Ross. In May of 2005, the Golf Club Dining Room (formerly called Stratta’s) reopens, adding a wonderful new outdoor dining experience for guests and club members focusing on casual dining in a family-oriented atmosphere. Window walls open onto an expanded awning-covered patio, complete with an exterior fire pit perfect for roasting marshmallows or making S’mores.


  • Broadmoor Hall opens in October, adding a 60,000 square-foot pillar-less and fully carpeted ballroom capable of holding up to 6,550 people theater-style. Underground parking is added to the Hall, holding 950 vehicles.
  • Broadmoor Brownstones, 19 private residences, open in October across from the Golf Club.
  • January 2006, Summit, an Adam D. Tihany-designed restaurant, opens to rave reviews. The first freestanding facility at The Broadmoor, Summit’s unusual design features a rotating wine turret as part of its decidedly modern design.
  • Broadmoor West Residences, located along the second fairway of the West Course, open in the spring. These 33 units are privately owned and feature many hotel amenities as part of the purchase.
  • Nicklaus Design unveils the newly redesigned and reconfigured Mountain Course in July.
  • Renovation of The Broadmoor’s South Tower is completed in May.
  • Penrose Room receives a new dining area that overlooks Cheyenne Lake, as well as a Chef’s Kitchen for private parties of up to 16 guests.
  • Eight additional retail shops open in May bringing the total to more than 20 unique boutiques.

2008: Construction of The Broadmoor Cottages begins in August. Situated along the 18th fairway of the East Golf Course, five 8-bedroom and one 4-bedroom cottages are planned.

2009: Broadmoor Cottages open May 8. The Cottages bring the total accommodation space to 744 units, including 107 suites and 44 cottage bedrooms.

2010: West Tower rooms and suites receive new carpet, curtains, bedding and televisions. West meeting rooms are completely redone to more closely match the look and feel of other meeting spaces. West Lobby Bar is remodeled to include a scenic outdoor patio and a bar dining menu.

2011: Southeastmoor and Northeastmoor renovations include new exterior entrances with peaked ceilings, chandeliers, new entry vestibule, millwork and artwork. Public areas receive new lighting, carpet wall covering, millwork and furnishings. Guestrooms feature new tiled bar area, new carpet, wall covering, painting, plumbing fixtures, artwork, all new furnishings, drapes, in addition to TV's built into mirrors of the bathrooms.


  • Museum quality giclée fine art renditions of Western art masters from The American Museum of Western Art collection are added throughout the resort, including Broadmoor Main, Broadmoor West, Charles Court and South Tower.
  • The original Southlake building, constructed in 1918, is renovated to include balconies, new entryways and foyers, lighting, carpet and furnishings. Opens in April, 2012.
  • Pauline Chapel is leased back from St Paul’s Catholic Church and refurbished. Named after Julie Penrose’s granddaughter Pauline, and originally constructed in 1919 as a “rest” chapel for guests of the Broadmoor Hotel, the small, beautifully constructed chapel has come full circle and is once again part of the resort hosting non-denominational services at 10 a.m. each Sunday.
  • All bunkers on the East and West golf courses restored to the original Donald Ross design. Opens June 1, 2012.
  • A new exterior mountain design exterior is added to Cheyenne Lodge meeting and event facility with a split log and chinking exterior, timbers, stonework and landscaping. The renovation opens in April, 2012.
  • The Tavern is renamed La Taverne to honor the original Toulouse Lautrec posters that adorn the walls. A new atrium is installed in what was formerly known as Tavern Garden Room, renamed Le Jardin, to give the feel of a European conservatory with more florals and a stunning 16-foot chandelier. A new menu, and expanded bourbon and wine is program, is added. Opens in February of 2013.
  • The iconic Golden Bee is expanded to include more room to perfectly match the original, historic pieces of the 19th century English pub. A new pub entrance is created, along with a tented rooftop garden. Opens April of 2013.
  • PLAY at The Broadmoor opens in an expanded place formerly called Starz. The family restaurant and activity center with six lanes of bowling and game area opens in Broadmoor West. Opens in April of 2013.


  • The Ranch at Emerald Valley, a wilderness retreat with 10 cabins located 8 miles from the resort in Pike National Forest, originally opens in August, 2013. It closes after six weeks due to extensive rain damage and reopens in August of 2014.
  • Cloud Camp begins construction in winter of 2013 of a Grand Lodge built on the foundation of the original 1927 Cheyenne Lodge, along with lodge rooms and cabins accommodating up to 32 guests. A unique Fire Tower Suite is constructed on a peak 300 feet above the Main Lodge with accommodations for up to two guests, a private hot tub and unobstructed 360 degree views.atop Cheyenne Mountain above the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and Shrine of the Sun. Officially opens in August of 2014.
  • The original Broadmoor West building that opened in 1976 is re-imagined and expanded from four to seven stories, adding 33 new rooms and suites. The West lobby is expanded and completely redesigned with a stained glass ceiling, fine woodwork and Italian marble floors. The West entry is given a similar look and feel as the original Broadmoor Main entry. The exterior design of Broadmoor West more closely matches Broadmoor Main with balconies and Juliet balconies a major focal point. Opens August of 2014.
  • Charles Court in Broadmoor West becomes an Adam D. Tihany-designed Italian restaurant called Ristorante del Lago with the West Lobby Bar incorporated into the facility as Bar del Lago.
  • The original Café Julie in Broadmoor West becomes Natural Epicurean, a full service restaurant with outdoor patio seating that specializes in locally sourced, organic, natural and wholesome food.
  • The Broadmoor regains naming rights to the Colorado Springs World Arena in April of 2014, returning the name to Broadmoor World Arena.
  • The Broadmoor Fly-Fishing School opens on a lake situated just off the 6th hole of The Broadmoor’s East Golf Course. The lake area features an Adirondack style building that includes a large fireplace, meeting area and fishing equipment. Opens in June of 2014.
  • The Broadmoor signs a three-year naming rights agreement with Pikes Peak Hill Climb and Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb in June of 2014 changing them to The Broadmoor Pikes Peak Hill Climb and The Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb.
  • The Broadmoor purchases Seven Falls attraction in April of 2014 and redesigns the park to be auto-free and featuring increased enhancements including a restaurant at the base of the falls. Seven Falls reopens to the public is August of 2015.


  • The Broadmoor Fishing Camp (later renamed Fly Fishing Camp) opens in June of 2015. A private fly-fishing camp with a beautifully restored lodge and seven miners' cabins that date back to the 1880's. Located on the Tarryall River, with more than five miles of private waters, this is an exclusive fly fishing experience complete with dining, accommodations and some of the best angling in Colorado.
  • Cloud Camp adds a 1300-square-foot space called The Overlook at Cloud Camp for small meetings and family reunions.
  • The Broadmoor purchases a 12,000-square-foott house across from Broadmoor Cottages. Called The Estate House, it features five bedrooms, expansive areas for entertaining, including a grand parlor, opulent dining room and gourmet kitchen, spacious back lawn and croquet lawn and is surrounded by meticulously landscaped gardens. The Estate House was designed as one exclusive retreat for executive meetings, intimate weddings, family reunions and hosted events. Opens in October of 2016.


  • The Broadmoor introduces a new attraction above Seven Falls in August of 2016. The Broadmoor Soaring Adventure consists of two zip line courses with lines that that range in length from 240 to 1,800 feet, as well as two 200-foot suspension bridges and a controlled 180-foot rappel at the end that lowers into the Seven Falls canyon.
  • In August of 2016, The Anschutz Family announces sole ownership of Sea Island Resort in Georgia and forms The Broadmoor – Sea Island Company, bringing together two iconic, historic and independent multiple Forbes Five-Star resorts.
  • Two scenic hot tubs overlooking Pikes Peak are added to The Broadmoor Wilderness Experience property of Cloud Camp.
  • The Cog celebrates its 125th anniversary in June of 2016.
  • Work begins in December of 2016 on a new Broadmoor history book, “The Broadmoor Story,” to be published in time for the Centennial in 2018.


  • Broadmoor Outfitters add Wild West Experience and falconry to their activities for guests in the spring of 2017.
  • A new set of cookbooks called “A Legacy of Culinary Excellence, Recipes, History and Traditions” begins production that features history and recipes from both The Broadmoor and Sea Island.
  • In preparation for the Centennial, The Broadmoor begins a major refresh of the original Broadmoor Main building that includes guest rooms and suites.
  • A refresh also begins for The Broadmoor Golf Club that includes the lobby entrance, the addition of a Golf Heritage Hallway telling its 100-year history. The golf shop is redesigned and a new restaurant is planned.


  • The year-long Centennial celebrations begin with activities and events planned for a theme every month. January includes a The Legacy of Ice, a salute to the original Broadmoor Ice Palace (1938 – 1994) and Broadmoor Skating Club, Broadmoor Curling, Broadmoor Speed Skating and Colorado College Hockey.
  • “The Broadmoor Story” history book, and “A Legacy of Culinary Excellence, Recipes, History and Traditions” cookbook set goes on sale exclusively in resort boutique shops and in the on line Broadmoor E-Store.
  • The Broadmoor Golf Club reopens. A new restaurant called The Grille opens in the golf club building for resort guests and golf club members. The menu features many classics from The Broadmoor, including Chateaubriand tableside, and other favorites that honor The Broadmoor’s culinary traditions.
  • The Broadmoor Main refresh opens in May. Historic elements were carefully preserved as walls were removed. New seating areas and a fireplace are added to give a more welcoming and spacious feel. The shops that were formerly Espresso’s and Cheyenne Gourmet give way to a newly expanded place called Café Julie’s, with a look and feel of a great patisserie in Paris. The café also includes a spectacular chocolate kitchen where guests watch as confections are made on site.
  • June 1 – 3, The Broadmoor celebrates its Centennial with a weekend of parties that includes a Prohibition theme and a gala dinner dance.
  • June 27 – July 1, The Broadmoor hosts the 2018 U.S. Senior Open. This is The Broadmoor’s eighth major USGA tournament and the 23rd championship since the course originally opened on July 4, 1918 with a benefit for the American Red Cross.

The Broadmoor
, a charter member of Historic Hotels of America since 1989, dates back to1918.


Guest Historian Series

Stanley TurkelRead more about the history of The Broadmoor, as told by Historic Hotels of America 2014 and 2015 Historian of the Year Stanley Turkel. Excerpt is taken from his latest book Built to Last: 100+ Year-Old Hotels East of the Mississippi (AuthorHouse 2013).

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