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Cliff House 1991 price

December 29 2006 at 2:46 PM
Tim Clark  (Login FormerlyManitou)
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Just a bit of trivia. The Cliff House, when I was looking for a house in Manitou in 1991, was on sale for $180,000. It had been vacant for quite a while, after a fire. The restoration cost millions.

Lots of real estate on the main drag of Cripple Creek, before the gambling ordinance was passed, was going for nothing too.

If you build in Manitou, your proposal has to go before the historical committee in an open meeting. They want it to have some pseudo-Victorian touches, depending on where you are building. I attended one of those meetings, since a house was being built right across from me, and my house had been there since 1930, with just a steep hill on the other side that most people thought unbuildable. Fortunately, the house was never built even though the committee approved it. I didn't stand up and say "I don't want a house there!" I just went to the meeting to see what they'd say about the house.

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Yes, that is an interesting piece of trivia about the Cliff House! ...

December 29 2006, 6:24 PM 

And with regards to the steep hill across the street from you, let me guess, did you live on Minnehaha?


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it seemed like you couldn't...

January 15 2007, 10:34 AM 

pay anyone to buy the cliff House back then! I never thought it would be restored, and it's beautiful now! If soemthing would finally pan out for the Spa building, or has something finally happened? I wish they would just tear it down and create a park.

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Adam's Mtn Cafe now in Spa building

February 16 2007, 2:41 PM 

There is an article in 2/15/07 issue of the Independent. You can also find some pictures on the Adam's mtn cafe website.

Source: http://www.csindy.com/csindy/2007-02-15/personalspace.html

Home, sweet home for Adam's
by Ralph Routon

Photo by Jon Kelley
For months, Farley McDonough pushed and pushed Murphy Constructors crews as they turned much of the Manitou Spa building's ground floor into what she envisioned.
Finally, on Feb. 9, McDonough's dream became reality with the reopening of her popular restaurant, Adam's Mountain Café.

Despite her informing customers only via e-mail, hordes of happy patrons made their way past the outside construction work to have breakfast, lunch or dinner in the new location.

"It has been so wonderful," McDonough said after the chaotic first weekend. "We're off to a great start."

Adam's has built a loyal clientele in its 23-year existence, especially since moving to Cañon Avenue in 1995. McDonough had hoped to stay on Cañon, but after she was unable to buy the building, she looked elsewhere in downtown Manitou.

"But nothing seemed appropriate, especially because we needed room for a kitchen with a hood," McDonough says. "Then Chuck [Murphy] called out of the blue and said he was buying the Spa building."

Murphy is bringing the Spa back to life, starting with Adam's. Built in 1920 and home to many businesses as well as historic Soda Spring, the Spa has been vacant since the flood of April 1999. More businesses will open in months ahead, and lofts on higher floors are pre-sold.

Adam's is literally the cornerstone. It's much larger than the previous location, but McDonough has added only a handful more tables. Regulars will feel at home seeing the same wallpaper, moved from the Cañon Avenue site. Mixed with the many large windows are at least 40 pieces of Manitou artist Charles Rockey's work, with more on the way.

McDonough's concern is keeping quality with quantity, especially when the weather is warm enough for 12 more tables outside.

"We want to maintain the reason people like us and keep coming back," she says. "We're consistent. People always know what they will get, and we never want to alter that."

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Things are indeed changing in Manitou! ... n/m

February 16 2007, 2:59 PM 

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any other shops in there?

February 20 2007, 7:50 PM 

While I was living in Provo, my mom told me about all the changes Manitou has seen with one of the springs opened up and new stores. I really would like to take my bf up there when we have some extra time and money so i can show him where i grew up. If anyone has some pictures to post of all the changes, I would be very grateful.

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