Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

Declaring the Kingdom 8

City Transformation: Declaring the vision

  • Declare: Colorado Springs is a city of creativity.  Creative answers will be available by revelation to solve problems in our city, state, nation, and the nations.  Creative business ideas will be brought forth that will bring prosperity to this region.

The Scriptures say that we are not only saved from sin but we are saved to a new, divine nature that reflects the God we love.  A group of prayer leaders in the city have put together a series of declarations of what God wants our city to be.  This week we will be declaring this vision for our city in faith, releasing God’s resurrection power that he placed within us in order to bring the vision to its full expression among us.

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Our City’s Roots 7

City Transformation: Fulfilling our long-time callings

  • Pray for our city to work together for the common good, resulting in an abundance of resources for our well being, development, health, and advancement.

There are characteristics and callings for our city that have grown out of our earliest days.  This week we will be praying for God’s purposes in these “roots” of our city to be fulfilled.  Each day we will leverage the history of a downtown building to guide our prayers (Reference).

Carnegie Library
21 West Kiowa Street
Built 1905 / Architect Calvin Kiessling
No. 21

Carnegie Library
This is one of two Carnegie Libraries in Colorado Springs. General William
Jackson Palmer, the town’s founder, donated the site, atop a hill looking west
toward Pikes Peak. Andrew Carnegie provided $60,000 for construction costs.
Calvin Kiessling, associated with the Boston firm of Shepley, Rutan and
Coolidge, was selected following a competition, surpassing local architect
Thomas MacLaren.

Following the dominant architectural style of Carnegie libraries, this is in
Classical Revival style with Roman influences. The windows provide optimum
light, as well as views toward the Front Range. The building was embellished
with ornate wrought iron provided by the local Hassell Iron Works. Used continuously as a library since its completion in 1905, the building acquired a 60,000 square foot addition facing Cascade Avenue in 1968. Subsequently, the Carnegie Building was renamed the Palmer Wing and now houses the Library’s special collections and Local History resources, including the records of General Palmer’s Colorado Springs Company and the papers of local architect Thomas MacLaren.

Our City’s Roots 5

City Transformation: Fulfilling our long-time callings

  • Pray for our city to be a place where, like General Palmer, the leaders live lives of integrity and where family-friendly arts and entertainment are available to all.

There are characteristics and callings for our city that have grown out of our earliest days.  This week we will be praying for God’s purposes in these “roots” of our city to be fulfilled.  Each day we will leverage the history of a downtown building to guide our prayers (Reference).

William Jackson Palmer Equestrian Statue
Intersection of North Nevada and East Platte Avenues.
Erected 1929 / Designers Nathan Potter and Chester French
No. 29

General Palmer Statue
This bronze equestrian statue portrays General William Jackson Palmer, the
city’s founder, astride his favorite horse, Diablo. The initial proposal to erect a
monument to honor the General was suggested by the Chamber of Commerce
following Palmer’s death in 1909, but it was not until April 1923 that city voters
approved the site by a vote of 3,151 to 871. At that time, Nevada and Platte
Avenues were the major north-south and east-west highways through the city.
The selection of the site sparked a controversy regarding automobile safety that
continues to prompt periodic calls for the statue’s relocation. Designed by
sculptor Nathan Potter, with his prominent associate Chester French, it was
formally dedicated on September 2, 1929.

General Palmer (1836-1909) was a Delaware native and member of the
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) who fought for the Union in the Civil
War and subsequently organized the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad. In
addition to founding the City of Colorado Springs in 1871, he was active in
creating and funding improvements to the park system and numerous other
enterprises to develop the city.

The General, in civilian attire, faces southwest towards Pikes Peak. Critics
have noticed the saddle lacks a cinch; regardless, the General has remained in his
saddle since 1929. The cost of the $32,000 statue was raised privately. National
Register eligible.

Our City’s Roots 1

City Transformation: Fulfilling our long-time callings

  • Pray for our city to be hospitable and welcoming to visitors, that they would find restoration and rest here as well as be drawn to the creator while they are in the region.

There are characteristics and callings for our city that have grown out of our earliest days.  This week we will be praying for God’s purposes in these “roots” of our city to be fulfilled.  Each day we will leverage the history of a downtown building to guide our prayers (Reference).

Cheyenne Building 2 East Pikes Peak Avenue

Built 1901 / Architect Roberts and Bishoff No. 1

Cheyenne Building

Constructed as an office building serving the western terminus of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad, the second and third stories of this building contained sleeping rooms with shared bathrooms to house railroad company agents. The Cheyenne Building was used as a hotel between 1909 and 1963, focusing on the business traveler and tourists who preferred accommodations less lavish than the Antlers or Acacia Park hotels. A commercial application of Classical Revival architecture, the building was developed by the local firm of Roberts and Bishoff, after their work on the Mining Exchange Building (No. 11) and before the construction of the 2nd Antler’s Hotel (demolished 1965). Sporadically used through the 1970’s and 1980’s, the building was slated for demolition in 1990 to provide yet another parking lot. The building’s demise was stalled by the City’s first use of its Historic Preservation Overlay Zone. The owner of the Wynkoop Brewing Company, John Hickenlooper (later elected as Denver’s mayor), purchased the building in 1991, restored it and opened the Phantom Canyon Brewing Company brewpub in 1993. State Register eligible.

African Americans in our City 1

  • Thank God for the contributions of those whose ancestors came from Africa to our city’s culture, churches and economy. 

As part of observing Black History Month, we are praying this week for the African Americans of our city. 

Rescuing the Slaves 9

City Transformation: Supporting those on the front lines

  • Pray for wide distribution and impact of the book, Children of the City, raising awareness and recruiting people in our city to engage in the battle against slavery.

There are an estimated 27,000,000 people living in slavery world wide today.  Some of those people are living right here in Colorado Springs and many of those are caught in the sex trade.  This week we are continuing to pray for their freedom and redemption.

 

Joseph Company 9

City Transformation: Raising up the Joseph Company

  • Pray that the mature people of our city who are called to the Joseph Company would identify young people to mentor and would help launch them into their callings

In the book of Genesis, we read how God strategically positioned Joseph in the government of the most powerful nation on earth. Through that position, God protected the people he had chosen as his own, the family of Jacob/Israel. But not only did he save his people from starvation, he provided a means to save the lives of thousands upon thousands of other people. God takes no delight in suffering and death, even for those who are his sworn enemies. He is extravagant in giving and his love knows no bounds!

In our day, God is raising up a Joseph Company, men and women who hear from him, show us how to prepare for the future, and put in place the means to provide for billions of the people who now live on planet earth. This week we are praying for the Joseph Company in our city and region.