Finding the perfect balance between a dynamic building that presents a clear destination to visitors and a minimalist structure deferential to the Peak and its majestic views was critical to the design of the new Pikes Peak Summit House. Predominately a one-story form seemingly carved from the southeast side of the Peak, the new Summit House offers the same unobstructed views Katharine Lee Bates beheld as she penned America the Beautiful. Reminiscent of the crags and rock formations found above the tree line, the design uses shade, shadows and fragmentation to coalesce into the Peak. Viewed from below, the Summit House is one with the mountain, yet as one arrives at the Peak, the modest entry pavilion is a clear destination. The building is sited to take advantage of the enhanced solar gain at altitude while minimizing the effect of the harsh alpine winds.


  • Exhibits, visitor orientation, dining, gift shop and support spaces
  • Rooftop terrace with 180 degree unobstructed views
  • Designed to achieve LEED Silver certification
  • GWWO is serving as Design Architect with RTA Architects as Architect-of-Record