New owners renovating Club Hotel building in Idaho Springs

Corinne Westeman
cwesteman@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 8/26/21

As the song goes, everything old is new again because Idaho Springs’ Club Hotel is being revived. The building at 1601 Colorado Blvd. used to be the Club Hotel — there’s even a placard along …

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New owners renovating Club Hotel building in Idaho Springs

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As the song goes, everything old is new again because Idaho Springs’ Club Hotel is being revived.

The building at 1601 Colorado Blvd. used to be the Club Hotel — there’s even a placard along 16th Street explaining its history. However, about 20 years ago, it became the Lodge of the Rockies, which was condemned and closed in December as unauthorized changes made the building unsafe for occupancy.

In March, Jonah and Lana Hearne and her brother and sister-in-law, Shane and Merissa Long, bought the property and plan to restore the Club Hotel name and atmosphere by early 2022.

“We’re going back to the 1900s image of the property,” Jonah said, adding that he anticipated receiving permits to begin renovations soon.

Club Hotel will have 11 guest rooms, a manager’s apartment, and an event venue called Annex. Once they get the permits, renovations should take five to six months, Jonah stated.

Since buying the property, the Hearnes and Longs have been getting it ready by removing all the unpermitted work and cleaning out the interior. In doing so, they found and saved a lot of historic items that were original to the property.

The two couples, who don’t live in Clear Creek but are elsewhere along the Front Range, have appreciated the community’s warm welcome and want to host everyone at the property when the work is done.

Hearne described how he’s working with a lot of local companies, such as The Soap Shop and MTN Prime, to provide amenities for the guests.

The Longs emphasized that they’re preserving the building’s history while also modernizing it, and the Annex event venue will be a unique opportunity for guests and Idaho Springs at large.

“We want to make it a focal point of Clear Creek,” Merissa said.

For more information, visit clubhotelcolorado.com.

Idaho Springs doc opens new clinic

Local, affordable and personable.

That’s how Idaho Springs’ Dr. Terri Bowland described her relatively new family practice clinic on the second floor of the Gold Rush Center at 1800 Colorado Blvd.

Bowland, who lives in town, opened Enlightened DPC and Aesthetics in Feb. 2020, and offers primary care for patients of all ages. She takes calls at all hours of the day and night because she wants to save her patients from visiting the emergency room or urgent care unless absolutely necessary.

She also offers reduced prescriptions, discounts on imaging, and free blood draws and cholesterol screenings, among other things.

Bowland hopes that by offering as many services as she can, it makes life easier for her patients who can’t make it to Denver because of a busy schedule or lack of transportation.

“Anything I can do to eliminate barriers for patients to get access to quality health care ... I want patients in this community to thrive,” she said.

Enlightened DPC also has a different model than most clinics, as it’s membership-based. Bowland said this model “beats almost any commercial insurance,” and cost is based on age.

“What I see in the health care market is that it’s not a good value for patients,” she said of the insurance-based model, “and they’re not getting a return on their investment. They’re not able to get the most basic services they need.”

For the remainder of August, Bowland is offering a free one-year membership for children if their parent becomes a member. In September, she’ll offer free 30-minute consultations.

“My practice is about building relationships,” she said. “If you show that you care, it’s a big step toward building trust. Trust is missing in health care today.”

For more information, visit enlighteneddpc.website or contact Dr. Terri Bowland at 303-567-4544 or enlighteneddpc@gmail.com.

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