The Historic Eastside Neighborhood

Year Listed: 2012
County: Pueblo County
Construction Date: Various – 1872-1940
Threat When Listed: Various
Status: IN PROGRESS
 
 
 

The Historic Eastside Neighborhood in Pueblo is part of the larger Eastside neighborhood, but focuses on the residential and commercial district that was largely developed between 1880 and 1940. The neighborhood is physically separated from the rest of Pueblo by Fountain Creek and has historically been home to a mix of classes and ethnicities. In financial decline since the 1980s, the Eastside neighborhood is now 80% Hispanic and suffers from a lack of public amenities found in wealthier Pueblo neighborhoods. The historic Eastside features a wide range of architectural styles, including a highly unusual proliferation of Princess Ann style cottages with canted entrances, but the one commonality is that many of the historic homes are in poor condition.

The Eastside neighborhood suffers from a negative perception and the subsequent disinvestment has been disastrous. Vacancy rates are high, and many of the houses and businesses that are occupied suffer from deferred maintenance. Homes in the Historic Eastside neighborhood can be purchased for as little as $10,000.

City Officials have recognized the importance of the neighborhood and hired a planner to focus specifically on the Eastside neighborhood, with particular attention on economic development issues. A historic context report of the neighborhood (A Place Set Apart: The History and Architecture of Pueblo’s East Side Neighborhood) was published in 2009 and has increased awareness of the historic significance of the neighborhood. Recent focus has centered on the “Little Red House” and the neighboring community garden, a series of terrace block apartment buildings that have been rehabbed by the Housing Authority for permanently disabled veterans.

CPI met with Pueblo Planner Bill Zwink to discuss a plan for engaging the neighborhood. There has been little change since 2016. The site needs to determine a new use for the church and school building. Some preservation work has taken place, as well as infrastructure improvements. A new park and skatepark have been added to the neighborhood.

Additional Links:
City of Pueblo: Historic Preservation Efforts
East Side Historic Context

Donate to CPI

We hope you will extend your appreciation for Colorado's heritage by helping us take advantage of this $1 to $1 matching campaign. Learn more about our matching campaign and make your tax-deductible donation today!

Matching Campaign

Thank you to our donors for the 2022 matching campaign!
 

Annie Mabry

Dave and Corinne Lively

Gregory Friesen

William West

Keith Brooke

Paula Sutton

Richard and Bonnie Scudder

Melinda Elswick

John Quest

Richard and Patricia Cronenberger

Newmont Corp.

Kathleen Delzell

Lynda Heckendorn

Donald and Glenita Emarine

Sally Hopper

Marcia and Will Johnson

Don Stott

Sydney Nathans

Robin Cope

Kintz & Family

Anne Goolsby

Sarah Hite

Kevin Kearney

Monta Lee Dakin

John and Camille Palmeri

Sonya Ellingboe

Tim & Kris Hoehn

Leo H. Smith

Russell E. & Carol. H. Atha, III

Melanie Roth

Beverly Rich

Christopher Erskine

John Boydstun

Corinne A. Koehler

Nancy Eastman

Joan Strobel-McLean

Tomas A. Hart

Kay Lynn Hefley

Bennett Boeschenstein

Vincent Szafranko

Maureen Espinoza – The Colorado Group

Robert Renfro

Eric Bittner

Janet Dahlquist

William S. Saslow

Dave Hertel

Tim White – White Construction Group

Dan Corson

Ian Lyle

Anonymous

Kaaren Hardy

Terry Tomsick

Carolyn & Don Etter

Kevin E. Corwin

Walter & Susanna Weart

Heather Eckels

Bernadette Kelly

Virginia & Robert Fuller

Featured Project

Preservation for a Changing Colorado

Historic preservation has a direct economic benefit to communities and Colorado! Take a look at the 2017 study, which considered the ways adaption of historic places has a direct financial effect on the state.

This updated, most resent study, was the result of a partnership between Colorado Preservation, Inc and History Colorado, funded by a grant from History Colorado's State Historical Fund. Prepared by Clarion Associates, the new report document the economic benefits of rehabilitation projects, analyzes property values and neighborhood stability in local historic districts, and summarizes the increasing impact of heritage tourism, private preservation development and the success of Colorado’s Main Street program.

In a key finding, researchers determined that for every $1 million spent on historic preservation in Colorado it produced $1.03 million in additional spending, 14 new jobs, and $636,700 in increased household incomes across the state!

The 2017 report also considers the important role preservation plays in helping Coloradans provide new spaces for creative communities and co-working, create and sustain meaningful places, responds to the state’s changing demographics, and addresses climate concerns.

Click Here to see download and read the full report, "Preservation for a Changing Colorado".