America’s Castles – Glen Eyrie

Glen Eyrie in Colorado Springs, Colo., was refurbished to look like a castle in 1881. (Image: David Shankbone/Wikipedia)

On the edge of the Garden of the Gods in western Colorado Springs stands Glen Eyrie. Now a conference center, the home once belonged to Gen. William Jackson Palmer, who is considered the founder of Colorado Springs. In 1881, Palmer had the home renovated to look like an English castle so his wife, who was born in England, would feel more at home.

To heat the large home during cold, blustery winters in the Colorado foothills, Glen Eyrie has 24 fireplaces. The chimney system was built to hold smoke inside until the winds were blowing away from the estate, and the smoke would head away from the valley.

Winter weather isn’t the only vulnerability facing the home. The Waldo Canyon Fire, which destroyed about 350 homes in the summer of 2012, has closed all the public trails on Glen Eyrie’s grounds until further notice.

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