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MOUNT PRINCETON HOT SPRINGS RESORT

The Perfect Meeting Place For Business Or Pleasure

EST. 1879

Repurposing the Property

Mount Princeton Commonweal School

​Unable to succeed as a hotel operator, the bank placed the property for sale in 1944. George C. Roche, Jr. and his father bought the property and buildings and started a massive renovation project.

Roche, Jr. brought his sister and brother-in-law, Charles and Dessamary Black to Colorado from New York, and allowed them to use the property, rent free, to launch their dream business—a school.

The family lived upstairs, above the dressing rooms, and ran Mount Princeton Commonweal School downstairs.

Operating from 1944-1949, the school mainly taught poor children, typically those whose families were on the county welfare roles. Students aged 4-17. In the first year, there were only three paying students. At its peak, Mount Princeton Commonweal School had only about a dozen students.

Students (all boys) lived on the property, as most were orphaned or came from broken homes. In the winter, boys lived in the bathhouse (kept warm by the hot springs) as the hotel lacked heat.

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