(Colorado Springs, CO) The McAllister House on Cascade Avenue was the first brick home built in Colorado Springs and is one of the oldest houses in the city. It was built in 1873 for MAJ Henry McAllister and his family. The home was designed by Philadelphia architect George Summers and is the only remaining Summers-designed building in Colorado Springs.
The McAllister family lived in the English-style cottage located just south of Colorado College until MAJ McAllister's death in 1921. For the next thirty years, the Robbins family rented the home and used it as a candy and gift shop.
With funding from several sources, a historic preservation group purchased the home in 1961. It has been restored to its original floor plan and has many original features including three marble fireplaces imported from Philadelphia.
The McAllister House is now a fantastic museum.
On Saturday, September 24th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., visitors can tour the splendid home free of charge during the museum's Harvest Festival.
In addition to the tours, there will also be local vendors, antique cars, children's crafts, food & drink, and a performance by the musical group Wayne's Wilkinson Trio between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
The McAllister House is part of the original 1871 Colorado Springs town site. After enjoying the Harvest Festival, consider walking around the neighborhood and immersing yourself in the area's history.
The City of Colorado Springs has a wonderful North Downtown Historic Walking Tour with a detailed map and information about the historic homes in the area. The self-guided walking tour starts at the McAllister House Museum.
I'll see you there!