A proposal to substantially increase the current exhibition space within the historic Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs is on its way to the city’s Planning Commission.
In an effort to attract larger conventions, hotel officials want to build a 150,000-square foot exhibit hall addition that would be added to an existing 185,000 square feet of meeting space at the hotel.
The addition would be attached to the hotel’s Broadmoor Hall, which was built in 2005.
The expansion plan also calls for the construction of 17,000 square feet of breakout space.
It has been noted that not only would the additional space prove more appealing for larger conventions, it would also bring in more guests to the hotel itself.
Situated in the historic Broadmoor neighborhood of Colorado Springs, the hotel was opened in the summer of 1918, and has hosted everyone from President Franklin Roosevelt to King Hussein of Jordan and football greats John Elway and Peyton Manning.
Located at 1 Lake Avenue, the hotel is known for its unique pink stucco façade, hand-painted ceilings and beams, ornate lobby chandeliers, and curved marble staircase.
If it secures city approval, the exhibition space would be built on some 7.4 undeveloped acres out of a sprawling 3,000-acre campus.
City officials are currently seeking public input on the expansion plan, with a review of that plan expected to be undertaken by the planning commission in late March.
By Garry Boulard