Briarhurst Manor was built by Dr. William A. Bell in the early 1870's as a home for his wife and growing family. Dr. Bell was General William Palmer's business partner in numerous business ventures, the most well known being the Denver Rio Grande Railroad. He also built the first bottling plant in Manitou Springs which is still in operation today. The home burnt to the ground in January 1886 but was rebuilt and the family moved back into it during the spring of 1888. The "new"  Briarhurst Manor has imported stained glass windows, fine hand carved woodwork throughout  and many beautiful fireplaces said to have been copied from European castles. It  was also the first home to have electricity in the area. The manor was listed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1973, and was purchased in 1974 by renowned Chef Sigi Krauss.