Builder and Benefactor
By Joyce B. Lohse
Spencer Penrose came to Colorado in 1892 to partner with his boyhood friend, Charles L. Tutt, and he became wealthy from real estate and mining investments.
Spencer Penrose was indeed a builder and a benefactor to Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. He legacy includes The BROADMOOR, a world-class resort in the foothills the Rockies, as well as the Pikes Peak Highway and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
In 1937 Penrose and his wife Julie established another lasting legacy, El Pomar Foundation, which supported cultural and civic institutions including the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Central City Opera, Fountain Valley School, and continues to enrich the Colorado Springs cultural and civic life today.
Joyce B. Lohse is the author of Baby Doe Tabor: Machless Silver Queen and First Governor, First Lady: John and Eliza Routt of Colorado . She is also the author of four books in the Now You Know Bio series (Emily Griffith, Justina Ford, Molly Brown, and General William Palmer). Visit her website for more about Joyce Lohse.