Julie Penrose was a philanthropist from the early 1900’s in Colorado Springs, CO. She is credited with building the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the Penrose Memorial Hospital and the Broadmoor Art Academy. They founded the El Pomar Foundation on December 17, 1937.
Julie and her husband Spencer were the catalysts for a large number of projects in Colorado in the 1900’s. It was her and her husband’s construction of The Broadmoor Hotel in 1918 that is their most well-known creation.
“Nurturing Our Future”-honoring Julie Penrose by Sutton Betti and Daniel Glanz
In September 2019, El Pomar Foundation commissioned “Nurturing Our Future” to honor and remember the life and contributions of Julie Penrose. The life size sculpture will be a realistic likeness of Julie in her mid 40’s. The age she was during construction of the Broadmoor Hotel.
In our sculpture, Julie is wearing an Edwardian era dress and holding her hat. We designed her facial expression as one she might have during a conversation while seated in the gardens. In her right hand she will hold a cross necklace, symbolizing her catholic faith. Rolled up construction documents of The Broadmoor hotel will be at her side. These documents will represent her involvement in building the famous hotel as well as to represent her philanthropic nature.
Installation for the completed monument will be in June 2020.