Creating a place
where the past and future meet
Located on the southeast corner of Union Boulevard and Pikes Peak Avenue approximately two miles east of downtown Colorado Springs, the Union Printers Home was built by the International Typographical Union to serve the health needs of its retired and sick members.
The site is anchored by an iconic, 5-story, 93,500 square foot Romanesque-style building that earned the nickname, “Castle on the Hill.” It was constructed in 1892 of sandstone and white lava stone, at a cost of approximately $70,000 on land donated by the City of Colorado Springs. Three brick buildings were added to the campus in the 1930s.
The proud location of this site on the crest of a hill overlooking Memorial Park created a distinct position at the edge of downtown for decades. Now, as Colorado Springs has grown around the property with diverse land uses including civic, institutional, commercial, and residential, the site has become a nexus that can serve as a community center in and of itself. The web of landscape and wellness-based assets within the region (such as Garden of the Gods and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center), key transportation and redevelopment corridors outlined by city comprehensive planning objectives, and the axial relationship to the transcendent beauty of Pikes Peak all support the possibility of the Union Printers Home becoming a new and exciting regional destination.
To help reimagine the Union Printers Home, UPH Partners is working with the internationally recognized design and planning firm Sasaki to lead the visioning process and produce a master plan for the redevelopment of the historic 26-acre Union Printers Home site and the restoration of the historic buildings. The master planning process, anticipated to take place over approximately 18 months, will engage the community and stakeholders to help inform the vision that blends elements of adaptive reuse with new construction encompassing a mix of uses to include hospitality, retail, commercial, dining, entertainment, and residential.