Lauren Rieke

IMG_0150Endangered Places Program Director

lrieke@coloradopreservation.org
(303) 893-4260 x222

Lauren Rieke joined the Colorado Preservation, Inc. team in 2016 as an intern and now serves as the Endangered Places Program Director.  Born in Jefferson City, MO, she was drawn to preservation beginning in high school and has developed a passion for preserving our tangible and intangible cultural resources.  Lauren earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2005, and a Master of Science degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Oregon in 2013.

Before starting at CPI, Lauren worked for Rosin Preservation, a historic preservation consulting firm in Kansas City, Missouri.  Her role as Historic Preservation Specialist focused on writing National Register nominations, performing historic resource surveys and completing historic tax credit applications in multiple states throughout the Midwest.  Lauren has experience working with nonprofit preservation organizations in Missouri and Kansas.  She served as the Communications Chair for the Kansas Preservation Alliance, Inc. where she managed email campaigns, social media and website maintenance.  Lauren remains dedicated to historic preservation and looks forward to helping Colorado communities recognize and preserve their unique sense of place.

 

 

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Featured Project

4 Bar 4 Ranch

Homesteaded in 1895 by Dick McQueary to provide a stop for the Georgetown Stage Line, the 320-acre 4 Bar 4 Ranch has strong ties to Grand County and Colorado's heritage. The Georgetown Stage Line traveled on the road through the 4 Bar 4 Ranch from Idaho Springs to Hot Sulphur Springs over Berthoud Pass. In 1895 a roadhouse and stage stop were constructed on the ranch. The hotel and barn were constructed using trees from the Ranch property, and the hotel remained open for travelers coming over Berthoud Pass by horseback and wagon until 1913. With the coming of the automobile, the roadway over Berthoud Pass and through the 4 Bar 4 Ranch was considered an integral part of the Trans-Continental “Midland Trail” highway. Following the closing of the stage line, the ranch continued to host travelers until 1912 or 1913 when it was purchased and converted into a Ford Motor Company . Ford vehicles were sold here until 1917, when Harry Larkin purchased the ranch site. Today emergency efforts are underway to ensure it survives through the winter. Donations are in need. To learn more, contact Jennifer Orrigo Charles at jorrigocharlges@coloradopreservation.org.

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