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White House Ranch (Rock Ledge)

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Rock Ledge
1874, Robert Chambers. Southwest corner of 30th St. and Gateway Rd. (NR)

On the southeast side of the Garden of the Gods, Robert Chambers designed and built Rock Ledge as his home, with a dam and reservoir to facilitate cultivation of fruit and vegetables for sale to the Antlers Hotel. His square, one-and-one-half-story Italianate vernacular house, of rough sandstone block, has a cross-gable roof with pendant gable trim. The 160-acre ranch is now a living history museum operated by the city of Colorado Springs. The ranch also contains Orchard House (1907, Thomas MacLaren), the Dutch Colonial Revival house of General William Palmer's brother-in-law, William Sclater, author of A History of the Birds of Colorado (1912).

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel

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