When: Mon., July 13 2009
In 1873, when Henry McAllister came to young Colorado Springs as a major in Gen. William Jackson Palmer’s regiment, he wanted a house that would stand as a sign of the city’s permanence. With brick walls 20 inches thick and a roof anchored in place by steel rods, his home, now the McAllister House Museum (423 N. Cascade Ave., 635-7925) is one of the few houses still surviving from that era. From sunup to sundown today, the site will be completely reroofed in the style of its time — with historically accurate shake shingles — by 40 men from 18 different city contractors. Go for the century-old nostalgia; stay for the baked goods and tea.