Spending my days in Penrose House often leads me to wonder if Spencer Penrose knew what his house, community, and legacy would look like now. When he and Julie formed the Foundation, they asked that the money be used to better the state of Colorado. The vision to build and support the non-profit organizations in the state is the easier piece to envision, but I cannot help but think he would be pleasantly surprised by the state of his mansion. Julie donated the Penrose House to the Sisters of Charity, but, today, he would not find the sisters here.
Penrose House now provides a forum for some of the greatest minds in Colorado to gather and discuss how to better serve the state. Not only are many of the organizations Julie held close to her heart here regularly, but Penrose House attracts organizations and agencies from all over the state. It is also a classroom for future leaders of Colorado as Fellows work and learn here. We like to think it is part our home too. Often the House serves as a forum for political debate and discussion on civic issues, hosts leaders from other countries, and showcases the legacy of El Pomar Foundation.
Most importantly, the same conversations Mr. Penrose had in these rooms and halls are continuing. He sought the best for the Colorado Springs community, and state of Colorado. Whether he was attracting people to the Broadmoor Hotel, fighting to bring a military presence to the state, developing one of the best hospitals in the country, or being a shameless advocate for the Pikes Peak region, he worked constantly for change and growth benefiting the economy and people. Penrose House continues to be an incubator for the people and organizations of Colorado to take the risks, to learn from each other, and create the Colorado we want. I hope the House challenges all that use it to do as Spencer would: give our missions and our state everything we can.