The Colorado Springs community is recognizing an iconic Colorado College building this weekend, as Shove Chapel opens its doors to the public for the Old North End Holiday Tour.
The Old North End Holiday Tour is an annual event that offers unique access to the most historically and architecturally significant landmarks in this area of Colorado Springs. It is on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a tour and an insight on the building’s history and architecture.
Tickets to the event are $25 each, and all proceeds benefit TwoCor, a local youth services agency started by Colorado College alumni. TwoCor provides help and mentoring to at-risk youth in the Colorado Springs community. The purpose is to build maturity, trust, a sense of direction, and a work ethic.
Prior to the first Old North End Holiday Tour last year, TwoCor served only young males. Last year’s tour raised over $10,000, enabling TwoCor to help young women as well.
This year, funds will go to providing vital new equipment to expand the training and job opportunities for TwoCor youth.
“It’s nice to be able to celebrate one of our own buildings on campus and do some good in the process,” said Kady Hommel, Campus Chaplain.
Shove Chapel is the first stop on the tour. Guests will be able to enjoy the festively decorated main level and breathtaking bell tower as volunteer tour guides share with them the rich background of the Chapel.
“The tour’s committee was very excited to include us this year,” said Chaplain’s Office Manager, Jera Wooden. In the past, the tour has only been comprised of houses, making Shove the first non-residential building included.
“The Chaplain’s Office decided this tour would be a good way to intertwine the Old North End community with the Colorado College community,” said Wooden. “Community members are always curious about Shove.”
Shove was built in 1931 as a light in the darkness for the Colorado College community during the Great Depression. Vice President Trustee Eugene Percy Shove made a generous gift to the college in 1928 for the construction of the chapel, hence the chapel’s name.
Shove Chapel was designed by architect John Gray as his first commission completed in his own name. It is recognized for its Romanesque style and artistic values, and is listed on the National Registry for Historic Places.