A Pagosa Springs landmark, The Green House Restaurant, has become the home of Wings Early Childhood Center. The Green House Restaurant was constructed in 1986 with the dream of being a high-end restaurant serving Southwest Colorado.
For nearly 20 years, the Green House Restaurant fulfilled this dream. With spectacular views of the San Juan Mountains, it became a favorite late afternoon watering hole for Pagosans. In the evening, it was the place to go for dinner if you really wanted to impress someone. We know of one blind date that led to a lasting marriage. The Green House Restaurant was also a favorite for prom night.
The closing of the restaurant in 2004 was a great disappointment to our community. The building remained empty until 2018 when a community partner bought it and offered it rent-free to the Archuleta County Education Center (ACEC) for use as an early childhood education center. The ACEC secured approximately $600,000 from grants, Archuleta County, the Town of Pagosa Springs, and community donors to be used to renovate the building and equip it for use as an early childhood education center.
The renovation has been documented through photos taken before, during, and after the completion of construction. The building has been furnished to provide children ages 1-5 years the opportunity to learn and play. Two large playgrounds were constructed so children can play in a natural environment that provides age-appropriate challenges. We thank the community for allowing us the opportunity to open Wings Early Childhood Center!