Who built your home? Was it someone’s dream house, an early developer’s spec house, or was it built to be a rental? Who lived in it? Were they upstanding citizens or notorious characters? ONEN’s house plaque/research program can lead you to some surprising discoveries about your home.
Longtime Old North End resident Matt Railey initiated the Old North End Neighborhood plaque program in 1986. After researching his own Tejon Street home, he wrote a book entitled Sadie’s House, which chronicled the fascinating history of his house and the process that he used to complete his research. Previous ONEN president Dave Munger requested that Matt present a workshop for ONEN homeowners in which house research tips were addressed. Homeowners who completed the research became eligible for specially-designed bronze plaques.
- ONEN’s current plaque program, begun in 2007, is offered by the ONEN Historic Preservation Committee chaired by Pat Doyle. House plaque workshops led by Susan Darby are generally scheduled several times each year. Old North End residents are welcome to attend these no-cost workshops.
- The workshops, held at Penrose Library, begin with a quick review of the plaque application process; continue with details about how to obtain information on construction dates and past owners and occupants of your home; and include a staff tour of Special Collections to introduce library and regional resources that will help you uncover your home’s story.
- Homeowners are not required to attend a workshop prior to submission of an application, but all plaque applicants must use the latest version of the plaque application/checklist which can be downloaded below. ONEN residents who do not plan to pursue historic house plaques but are interested in learning how to research their home’s history are also welcome to attend the workshops.
Plaque Application Forms and Research Tips:
- Download the PDF of the most current plaque application which is required as of March 2021. The kit contains documentation requirements and information on how to submit your application for approval.
- Download ResearchGuideupdate Oct2021 for details on how to locate the information required for plaque application approval or to simply learn about the history of your home.
Upcoming Plaque Workshop Information:
Due to Covid 19 restrictions, which limit access to Penrose Library facilities, the first 2021 ONEN House History Workshop has not yet been scheduled. For now, ONEN Historic Preservation Committee members are happy to assist plaque applicants who wish to use digitized resources and work remotely. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Due to Penrose staff time and library space, workshop attendance is limited to 10 adult participants. Contact Susan Darby at 227-0211 or at email@example.com with questions or to register.
Homes with Bronze ONEN House Plaques:
In the fall of 2013, the Pikes Peak Library District Special Collections Department was engaged by the Old North End Historic Preservation Committee to preserve and maintain all approved ONEN plaque applications which contain a release document signed by the homeowner/plaque applicant. These applications are not currently digitized but are available for viewing by the public on site at the Penrose Library Special Collections Department. When requesting access to ONEN’s house plaque applications, ask for collection number MSS 0403.
Since the inception of the program, the homes listed below are among those which have received plaques:
- Gauss-Gray Home, built c. 1902, 17 W. Buena Ventura
- The Warren House, built 1902, 20 W. Caramillo St.
- Harvey Home – Mosley’s Subdivision, built 1908, 415 E. Caramillo St.
- George N. Marden House, built 1887, 1305 N. Cascade Ave.
- The Parish House, built 1906, 1515 N. Cascade Ave.
- Whitney House, built 1927, 1700 N. Cascade Ave.
- Hayes-Davis House, built 1915, 1818 N. Cascade Ave.
- William C. Bishpham House, built 1899, 1823 N. Cascade Ave.
- Hayes-Davis/Agnew-Kinnaman House, built 1910, 2110 N. Cascade Ave.
- Cook-Horvath House, built 1923, 2212 N. Cascade Ave.
- Wilson-Graham House, built 1912, 2216 N. Cascade Ave.
- J. Arthur Connell House, built 1899, 2 E. Columbia
- Thompson D. & Anne Hetherington Home, built 1901, 218 E. Columbia
- Sparey-Maytag Spec House, built 1938, 1615 Culebra Ave.
- The Vanderhoof House, built 1925, 14 E. Del Norte
- Roger W. & Frances B. Scofield House, built 1901, 121 E. Espanola St.
- Fred & Maude Kimzey House, built 1911, 223 E. Fontanero
- Giddings’ Estate, built 1901, 1404 N. Nevada Ave.
- Florence L. Rossbach House, built 1898, 1503 N. Nevada Ave.
- James P. and Jessie S. Shearer, built 1902, 1516 N. Nevada Ave.
- Barbee-Kurrie House, built c. 1897, 1519 N. Nevada Ave.
- The Goode House, built 1889, 1520 N. Nevada Ave.
- The Strachan House, built c. 1892, 1524 N. Nevada Ave.
- John Henry Avery House, built 1898, 1601 N. Nevada Ave.
- Newman House, built 1900, 1627 N. Nevada Ave.
- House of Wright, built 1900, 1719 N. Nevada Ave.
- Edward and Elizabeth Preston, built 1900, 1728 N. Nevada Ave.
- The Home of Edward W. and Sarah F. Davis, built 1902, 1802 N. Nevada Ave.
- Allison House, built 1900, 2012 N. Nevada Ave.
- Home of Emil & Jennie Rundquist, built c. 1898, 2103 N. Nevada Ave.
- General W.J. Palmer – Young House, built c. 1902, 114 E. San Miguel St.
- Daniel & Ilma Thatcher House, built c. 1896, 115 E. San Miguel St.
- Holman-Howard House, built 1920, 119 E. San Miguel St.
- The Williams House, built 1900, 222 E. San Miguel St.
- Fire Station 2, built 1939, 314 E. San Miguel St.
- William C. Johnston, built 1898, 1216 N. Tejon St.
- Perkins-Holmes House, built 1887, 1219 N. Tejon St.
- Trimble House, c. 1896, 1419 N. Tejon St.
- Roy A. Davis House, built 1901, 1422 N. Tejon St.
- Jack F. and Opal W. Lawson Home, built 1902, 1809 N. Tejon St.
- A History of 1809 North Tejon, built c. 1899, 1809 N. Tejon St.
- The Kerr House, built 1901, 1815 N. Tejon St.
- John Allison, Builder, built 1894, 1820 N. Tejon St.
- Home of Oliver H. and Unetta Shoup, built 1897, 1927 N. Tejon St.
- Sadie & Harry Yost, built 1899, 2027 N. Tejon St.
- Robert & Carol Snow House, built 1898, 2030 N. Tejon St.
- Joseph & Charity Hawkins House, built 1899, 2104 N. Tejon St.
- “Last House on North Tejon” built c. 1890, 2424 N. Tejon St.
- Jordan-Hindmarsh House, built 1903, 1340 N. Weber St.
- Jimmie Burns’ Family House, built 1895, 2320 N. Weber St.
- Stewart House, built 1898, 1228 Wood Ave.
- Adeline de Beelen Roberts, built 1891, 1306 Wood Ave.
- Williams-Burns House, built 1898, 1315 Wood Ave.
- Frederick & Helen Morley, built 1898, 1321 Wood Ave.
- David Newton Heizer House, built 1896, 1432 Wood Ave.
- The Sprague Home (formerly Charles P. Bennet House), built 1896, 1523 Wood Ave.
- Rose M. Durkee House, built 1903, 1700 Wood Ave.
- James J. Waring Family, built 1910, 1815 Wood Ave.
- Chisolm-Puffer House, built 1905, 1903 Wood Ave.
- The Kernochan Home, built 1917, 1926 Wood Ave.
- Lowe P. & Florence M. Siddons House, built 1936, 2001 Wood Ave.
- Smith-Taft House, built 1928, 2017 Wood Ave.