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The Craftwood Inn served as a coppersmith's workshop and then a restaurant, attracting many dignitaries and celebrities. The Craftwood was build for Boutwell, a copper craftsman, for his coppersmithing shop. He called it the "craft shop" and the initials C.S. were hammered into the copper fireplace on the main floor.


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The original Craftwood Association residence was On-A-Ledge, which is now a bed and breakfast.

The fireplace in Rockledge and next door On-a-Ledge were made at the Craftwood, but when copper became unavailable during World War I the shop closed and was reverted into a home.

In 1927, the property was purchased by the Rosier family. The family lived upstairs and in 1940 they opened the downstairs as a tea shop called the Craftwood. It is now a fine restaurant operated year-round by the new owners. The stick style architecture is unique in Manitou Springs and enjoyable to view from many different angles.

Historic Manitou Springs, Inc., is an educational non-profit based in Manitou Springs, Colorado, at the foot of Pikes Peak which operates the Manitou Springs Heritage Center and was formed in 1997 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

Our mission is to collect, preserve, research, and interpret the history and culture of Manitou Springs and the Pikes Peak Region.

The intent of the organization is to educate citizens and visitors in order to increase appreciation and understanding of this unique community. Before opening the Center Historic Manitou was operated by a board of three persons–Jean Garrity, Deborah Harrison, and Michelle Anthony. During the initial 10 years, we developed a track record of participating in and supporting community projects and events, such as restoration of the Eastern Gateway Arch, rehabilitation of Mansions Park, installation of over 30 Historic Interpretive Plaques throughout town, and placement of the memorial in Crystal Valley Cemetery for Emma Crawford. We have presented the “Ghost Stories of Old Manitou” haunted walking tours as part of the Annual Emma Crawford Festival (i.e., the events surrounding the Coffin Races) since its inception.

Pearring, John. Pearring, Joanne. The Walking Tour - A Guide to Historic Manitou Springs. Volume Revised Printing. Manitou Springs, CO. TextPros, 1998.

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