National and State Register

Ponderosa Lodge La Foret Conference and Retreat Center

El Paso County

The Lodge is an excellent representation of the master craftsmanship of prominent Denver architect Jules Jacques Benois Benedict.  Designed in his “Colorado Alpine” or Rustic style, the 1928 building originally served as the summer home of Alice Bemis Taylor.  The planning of large urban and mountain residences constituted the major source of commissions for Benedict throughout his career.  His mountain homes represent a blending of the formality he displayed in his urban residences combined with his extensive work in the Denver Mountain Parks.

The Ponderosa Lodge at La Foret Conference & Retreat Center.

The Ponderosa Lodge at La Foret Conference & Retreat Center.

Photo courtesy La Foret Conference & Retreat Center.

Known for his attention to detail, Benedict’s mountain homes and lodges employed native construction material and displayed the finest craftsmanship.  Ponderosa Lodge utilized ponderosa pine lumber cut from the western slope of Pike’s Peak.  The lighting fixtures and fireplace screens throughout the Lodge were constructed of custom hammered iron featuring various western and nature motifs.  The elaborate fireplace and outstanding staircase in the main hall form signature elements of Benedict’s design.  The property is associated with the Architecture of Jules Jacques Benois Benedict in Colorado Multiple Property Submission.