Patty Jewett History

By Tim Scanlon

Photos By Dave Rogers

Located near downtown Colorado Springs, the Patty Jewett Neighborhood is a diverse collection of homes, businesses and public spaces that has evolved for over a century. The 1912 City Plan, crafted by pioneer city planner Charles Mulford Robinson, shows the southwest portion of the neighborhood developed first, south of Fontanero St and east toward El Paso Street.

Named for its historic association with the adjacent Patty Jewett Golf Course, the original fairways of the 1897 Town and Gown Golf Course were located north and east of Columbia and El Paso Streets, now occupied by residences. Ten years later, the facility was moved to its current location and renamed the Colorado Springs Golf Club. In 1919, William K. Jewett, an early club member, purchased and donated it to the City as a self-sustaining facility in honor of his wife, Patty Stuart Jewett, an avid golfer and outdoor sportswoman. The 1899 clubhouse remains today as a private residence at the northeast corner of El Paso and Columbia Streets.

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Bordered on the west by the Golf Course, the neighborhoods’ northern boundary is East Fontanero Street. To the east, the boundary is the alley between Wahsatch Avenue, westernmost of the four north-south Avenues originating downtown) and Corona Street, and the southern boundary is East Uintah Street. What is now the Shooks Run Trail, curving north and west through the southern portion of the neighborhood, was originally the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, used for passenger trains heading north from the Santa Fe Depot east of downtown.

One of the oldest houses in the City is located at the northeast corner of Espanola and El Paso Street; this was the home of W. E. Pabor, publicist and secretary of the Fountain Colony, which created as the development entity for the City by its founder, General William J. Palmer. It was moved here in the 1920’s. A remnant from an earlier age is the building occupied by Sunflower Medical Clinic, at the southwest corner of Corona and Espanola. This once was a neighborhood grocery, a necessity for neighborhoods in a pre-automobile and pre-supermarket era. Another market, as well as an early filling station and garage, can be found at the intersection of Columbia and Corona Streets. Taylor Elementary school, named after Alice Bemis Taylor, noted philanthropist and co-founder of the city’s Fine Arts Center, has educated neighborhood children since 1952. A recent addition to the neighborhood is the Casa Verde Commons, the city’s first Co-Housing community, located on the site of a former greenhouse that once provided fresh flowers to the region.

Housing styles in the neighborhood range from late-Victorian frame houses to craftsman and mission. Bungalows are mixed with one-story ranches, and are interspersed with minimal traditional and modern forms. Streets are generally laid out in a grid; most blocks have alleys and sidewalks, and mature trees grace the area. The neighborhood is popular with young families, as homes are relatively modest in size with large back yards.

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People of Patty Jewett – Wendy Mike

By Heila Rogers

Wendy Mike says she feels like she lives in a bed and breakfast when a rainbow glows over the Patty Jewett golf course across from her house when she and her family enjoy summer meals outside. The way every house in the neighborhood is different never gets old for her, although she’s lived in Patty Jewett with her husband for almost 20 years. Chris Mike has lived in the neighborhood for 37 years.

The Mike’s are visited regularly in their yard by “Cujo” a crazy squirrel who likes to try to come in the house. The squirrel will take two almonds out of their hand, run away and bury one and then come back and eat one. Occasionally Cujo spreads out like a bearskin rug to eat while lying down.

Wendy is an artist who works in a studio downtown in the Saks building. Her husband’s work is also close to home.

Their two sons liked the autonomy of growing up near the downtown corridor. They biked to school, or rock climbing at City Rock. Bicycles featured heavily in the Mikes’ lives. Their children went “from cradle to burley [bike trailer] to little, tiny bikes.” And Wendy and Chris like to join the Wednesday night McCabe’s fat tire rides.

Chris Mike likes the history side of bicycles and has developed a side business restoring vintage and antique bikes. He’s known locally as “The Bike Guy.” The couple own two old-fashioned high wheel bikes which they’ve ridden in local parades.

The life of the community is important to Wendy as reflected by her music and other art activities, as well as her upcoming joint exhibition with De Lane Bredvik in July at the Fine Arts Center. As well, she and her husband can’t wait for this year’s Patty Jewett Porch Fest.

Wendy’s exhibit at the Fine Arts Center opens July 15th. Formal opening festivities for the show are to be held September 8th.

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A Walkable Neighborhood

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Blue spruce, apple trees and picket fences. You’ll find all these and more walking the sidewalks or paved trails around the area. People in Patty Jewett and the surrounding neighborhoods enjoy walking their dogs (or themselves) at all times of year. It’s a chance to greet one another, maybe exchange a few words and enjoy the outdoors.

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And a chance to keep the neighborhood safe from fake cats.

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Annual Picnic & Block Party

1908409_10152663198404916_4424703919085673114_nGather with friends and meet new neighbors at the annual Patty Jewett neighborhood party. It’s a potluck so bring a treat for the community table.

It was held in 2016 on Saturday, August 6th from 4-7 p.m. on Royer St. (between Caramillo/Columbia). PJNA provided hot dogs, lemonade, a band and kids activities. TREO, a jazz fusion band whose bassist is PJNA neighbor Mike played from 5-7 p.m.

You may renew or purchase your $12 PJNA membership here – money is used for fun events like these! See you at the party!

Pocket Park

Shooks RunThis small area with swings, a garden bench, a mosaic train sculpture and plantings is maintained by volunteers!  It’s located along the Shooks Run Trail, adjacent to the former Dogtooth Coffee Company and now an incoming cafe/pub/coffee shop to be run by the folks of Wild Goose Meeting House. Hopefully it will become another favorite local “third space.” Also nearby is the Casa Verde Commons co-housing community.

Map of local Rock Island & Shooks Run trails.

Patty Jewett Porch Fest

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Three Bands. Three porches. One great community. Members of Patty Jewett were delighted to coordinate the first annual Porch Fest on Sunday, September 18th, 2016. Music lovers moved from house to house celebrating local tunes. People walked, chatted, listened and picnicked in front of three different homes in the neighborhood. The following bands played:

1 p.m.: Woodshed Red, 423 Espanola

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2:30 p.m.: Tribe, 1432 Royer

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4 p.m.:  Lost Luggage, 1403 N. Franklin

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Donations from community members offset band fees and the whole event was free to the public.

Patty Jewett values outdoor activity, arts and culture and community.