El Pomar Estate
El Paso County, CO
The El Pomar home was originally designed in 1909 by Horace Trumbauer as a "Bungalow for Mrs. Grace Depew.” It was a sixteen-thousand square foot bungalow sans pareil that combined the relaxed atmosphere of a California-born architectural form with the scale and neoclassic detail of early 20th century Revival styles. The El Pomar Estate is historically significant for its architecture and for its association with Spencer Penrose. Spencer Penrose, who bought the home in 1916, was a socially prominent member of the Colorado Springs community and a moving force in the development of major recreation and entertainment facilities in the community. In addition to the renowned Broadmoor Hotel, Penrose provided the organizational and financial catalyst for the creation of the Pike's Peak Auto Road, the Cheyenne Zoo, the Shrine of the Sun, and the Cheyenne Mountain Highway. Penrose's enthusiasm for the automobile in its formative years figured significantly in his work. At a time when Colorado residents were very dubious about the use of the automobile for any lasting purpose, Penrose envisioned the state ribboned with auto roads and set about to make his vision a reality.
Architecturally, the El Pomar Estate is significant as the work of several renowned architects. Those involved with either the original design or subsequent enlargements include Philadelphia architect Horace Trumbauer, Colorado Springs architects Charles E. Thomas, Thomas MacLaren and T.D. Hetherington, and landscape architects from the Olmsted Brothers firm.