Historic Day Nursery Restoration Project

Early Connections : Colorado Springs

$200,000 Historic Preservation Grant Awarded for Day Nursery Renovation

Colorado Springs, CO – The Historic Day Nursery, flagship child care center of local nonprofit Early Connections Learning Centers, has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the Colorado State Historical Fund toward the first phase of its window and door rehabilitation project.

This initial investment by the Colorado State Historical Fund will cover almost half of the full rehabilitation cost of approximately $467,000. The project encompasses repairing the first floor’s leaded and stained glass windows, wood-framed windows and Gothic oak doors of the three story building at 104 East Rio Grande Street.

On the National Register of Historic Places since 1990, The Historic Day Nursery is owned and operated by Early Connections Learning Centers. The English Tudor-style building on the corner of Rio Grande Street and Tejon Street, was built by local arts patroness Alice Bemis Taylor and dedicated to “All mothers and all children” in 1923, with construction completing in 1924.

Architectural services for this first phase of the Day Nursery Windows and Doors Rehabilitation Project will be provided by RTA Architects of Colorado Springs. Work will include repairing 67 wood framed windows and the wrought iron workings on many of the windows. Extensive restoration will be performed on 45 of the leaded and stained glass windows and additional treatment work will restore another 85, returning them to their original state as they were upon the building’s completion in 1924. Protective covers of tempered glass will be placed upon all windows to ensure their durability against adverse weather.

Diane Price, President and CEO of Early Connections Learning Centers, says, “When Mrs. Taylor built this building, she wanted it to provide a sense of wonder and whimsy to the children being cared for here. This project will restore the whimsy of these beautiful windows for many future generations of Colorado Springs children to enjoy.”

Robert Gonzales, Chairman of Early Connections Learning Centers Board of Directors, says, “This building was built almost 100 years ago. There is no air conditioning. With many of the windows sealed shut due to their disrepair and for the safety of our children, lack of adequate airflow is a concern. This project will allow all of these windows to be fully functional again, providing ventilation and natural sunlight for the children.”

Early Connections Learning Centers is dedicated to providing high quality, comprehensive early care and education for ALL children of the Pikes Peak region. It was established in 1897 by 14 visionary women to care for children of working mothers. Today, it has the capacity to care for up to 700 children per day, ages 6-weeks to 14-years, in four centers, the Home Network, and through several partnerships.

Early Connections Learning Centers is working to raise the remaining necessary funds to complete the work on this historically significant community treasure. To make a donation, or for more information, visit www.historicdaynursery.org.