History

Spirited Living, Embodying a Legacy.

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Our Muse

The Mae on Cascade pays homage to icon and namesake Fannie Mae Duncan. An African-American entrepreneur, Fannie Mae brought world-class jazz, style and glamour to Colorado Springs in the 1950’s and 60’s.

 

As the creator and owner of the Cotton Club, the first integrated nightclub in Colorado Springs, Fannie Mae was a trailblazer. The Cotton Club was the only place in town to host legendary performers such as Louis Armstrong, Etta James, and Duke Ellington while welcoming any and all to enjoy the best in entertainment.

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Fannie Mae embodied a spirit of welcome and inclusion unparalleled in Colorado Springs, best exemplified by the “Everybody Welcome” sign that hung outside the Cotton Club — a symbol expressing her countercultural challenge to the prevailing ethos of the 1950’s and 60’s. Fannie Mae’s most enduring legacy, however, may be her legendary generosity and hospitality. As the owner of multiple successful businesses, she used her position to give generously to her community without expecting recognition or anything in return. 

 

The Mae on Cascade was inspired by Fannie Mae Duncan from the ground up — elegant and refined, yet resolute and bold. The apartment community aspires to honor Fannie Mae’s iconoclastic legacy and evoke her high-spirited charisma and charm via an elevated living experience. When the Mae opens its doors in the summer of 2020, it will offer an incomparable, Fannie Mae-inspired joie de vivre for the Colorado Springs urbanite.

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