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 wanted to really impress someone. We know of one blind date that led to a lasting marriage. The Green House Restaurant was a favorite for prom night. Adjacent wetlands provide close-up views of many species of birds.
Closing of the restaurant/meeting place 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 for use as an early childhood education center. The Education Center 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 have been constructed so children play in a natural environment that provides age-appropriate challenges.