The Trianon, CSS’ signature building, was constructed as the home for Charles and Virginia Baldwin in 1907. As a replica of the Grand Trianon of Versailles, France, it has many of the architectural and aesthetic details of the original, making it an unusually distinctive edifice in the Rocky Mountain West. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977, ten years after the school purchased the estate from a private owner.
The restoration of the building is an ongoing capital improvement project. Improvements need to be made to keep the building operational as a school facility, improve energy efficiency, and maintain its historical aesthetic qualities. These are high maintenance costs, but well worth it to achieve a 21st century learning environment.
- Learn more about the history of the Trianon
- Download a scripted walking tour of the Trianon
- Discover trivia about the Trianon
Schedule A Tour or Photo Shoot
The building serves primarily as a school and drop-in tours for the public can not be accomodated. Private tours can be made by appointment with a volunteer docent. Please contact Ms. Ann Runte by email or call (719) 434-3510 to make arrangements for a tour.
Occasionally, the school permits photo shoots using the building exterior. Please contact Ms. Ann Runte by email or call (719) 434-3510 to request a photo shot.
Since the school operates as a non-profit 501c3, we suggest you consider making a donation to the school if you are requesting a tour or access to campus for a photo shoot.
Commemorative Trianon Book
To celebrate the Trianon’s Centenary (1907-2007), a commemorative book of its fascinating people and events was published in May 2009. Former CSS librarian, J. Michael Frease, researched and authored the updated history in the book. It is now available for purchase and all proceeds benefit the continued restoration of the building.