A Good Room and Three Squares

This is the fourth in a series of posts chronicling some of the tuberculosis-influenced architecture in Colorado Springs. See earlier posts here.

A 2001 article in the Colorado Springs Gazette cited that tuberculosis treatment before antibiotics included “three hearty meals a day, plus 6 raw eggs and 8 to 10 glasses of milk.”

Last week I wrote about the large tuberculosis sanitariums that helped define Colorado Springs in the early 20th century. And they surely gave out a lot of eggs and milk.

But there were smaller, private tuberculosis boarding houses providing good rooms and three squares as well. Just down the street from the Beth-El Hospital was one such home, still standing today on Logan Avenue.

Idlewold was started in 1912 and owned and operated by the Shardlow sisters (Clarice O. and Lois L.). The home had 10 rooms with private sleeping porches, trained nurses on staff, music and a croquet lawn.

Hailing from New York, the Shardlows were two of four sisters, three of whom remained unmarried: Clarice, Lois, Ann and Edna. (Edna being the only one to marry, and become Mrs. Edna S. Crawford.) While Lois later moved back to New York, Clarice stayed in Colorado Springs until her death in 1962, and spent her career in nursing.

The Idlewold property continues in the health industry today, currently operating as the Ronald McDonald House.



Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce. Colorado Springs: City of Sunshine. Colorado Springs: The Prompt Printery, 1917.

“Miss Clarice Shardlow Dies; Rites Saturday.” Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph, Colorado Springs, CO. (January 26, 1962): p. 6.

“Chasing the Cure led to Pikes Peak region.” Colorado Springs Gazette, Colorado Springs, CO. (July 3, 2001): p.5

R.L. Polk City Directory, 1917 Volume.


2 thoughts on “A Good Room and Three Squares

  1. If you go back to writing about the tuberculosis houses after your memorial statue blogs are over, you might want to check out the history of Miramont Castle out in Manitou. For awhile it was run as a Sanitorium after Fr. Francolon left. The tour is pretty awesome too and I think the tea parlor is open for business now.

    • Absolutely! I’ve been out there and read about it when I was researching the various sanitoria, but I haven’t been on the tour yet. One thing that is really interesting about Miramont/Montcalm is that it served both tuberculosis patients and recreational travelers at the same time. At some point I’ll take the tour and write a post–thanks!

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