MOUNT PRINCETON HOT SPRINGS RESORT
The Perfect Meeting Place For Business Or Pleasure
Repurposing the Property
Mount Princeton Commonweal School
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.