2018 Dana Crawford and State Honor Awards Celebration


The Dana Crawford and State Honor Awards dinner, hosted by Colorado Preservation, Inc., is Colorado’s premier statewide preservation awards event, honoring individuals and organizations that make significant contributions toward preserving Colorado’s built and archaeological history as well as working landscapes.  The evening’s namesake is Dana Crawford, a preservation pioneer who proved that saving historic buildings could make economic sense.  The 2018 Dana Crawford and State Honor Awards Celebration took place Wednesday, May 9  in the Seawell Grand Ballroom in Denver.

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2018 Dana Crawford Awardee: Rebecca Goodwin

rThis year the Dana Crawford Award for Excellence will be presented to Rebecca Goodwin for her dedicated achievements in historic preservation.  Rebecca Goodwin’s life-long love of history led her from her family’s Centennial Farm and Ranch in southeast Colorado to Boston, the Pacific Northwest and back to Colorado. With family ties to the early days of Denver, she has worked to support preservation efforts in the urban areas but has focused the most energy on supporting preservation efforts and capacity building in Colorado’s rural communities and counties.L1280959

Rebecca has traveled throughout Colorado promoting preservation in rural communities; encouraging local preservation board and government involvement in Section 106 compliance consultation related to the NHPA; encouraging county involvement in the CLG program; building relationships between CPI, the preservation community, and county commissioners as well as actively involved in the efforts to pass and reauthorize the 2014 Colorado Main Street Revitalization and Job Creation Act.  Rebecca was instrumental in stopping the expansion of the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site; initiating the massive projects to document the biological and cultural resources on participating private lands in the Purgatoire River Region.

Rebecca assisted with passage of both bills in the Colorado legislature to hamper expansion efforts, spoke at meetings and conferences throughout Colorado and across the country, met with state and national legislators, and analyzed and testified on impacts to cultural resources at every public meeting related to army EIS or planning documents.

Learn more about Rebecca Goodwin in this video.

Watch Rebecca Goodwin’s speech at DCA in this video.

Click here to read Rebecca’s comments at the event.


2018 State Honor Awards:

Colorado College (Colorado Springs)

collcColorado College was founded in 1874 on land designated by U.S. Civil War veteran General William Jackson Palmer, the founder of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad and of Colorado Springs. William F. Slocum, president from 1888 to 1917, oversaw the initial building of the campus, constructed the library, and recruited top scholars in several fields.  Cutler Hall, the college’s first building, was completed in 1880, and the first degrees were conferred in 1882.  In 1931, Shove Memorial Chapel was erected, funded by Mr. Eugene P. Shove in honor of his English clergymen ancestors to meet the religious needs of the students (though Colorado College is not religiously affiliated).  Katharine Lee Bates wrote “America the Beautiful” during her summer teaching position at Colorado College in 1893.L1290086

Over the years, Colorado College has undertaken various preservation and restoration projects on its historic buildings, many of which were made possible through funding by History Colorado’s State Historical Fund (SHF).  In the mid-1990’s, Colorado College applied for funding to fix the roof of Cutler Hall, the school’s oldest building. The Cutler roof project was the first of over a dozen grants awarded to the college over the past 20 years, which have totaled more than $1.5 million.  Colorado College added 13 buildings to the State and National Register of Historic Places and has spent an estimated $6 million on preservation and restoration projects. Colorado College Campus Planner George Eckhardt worked with staff to ensure that the architectural treasures that had been masked by low-cost, dated remodels of past years were recovered.

Watch a video about Colorado College’s preservation work here.

Grand Imperial Hotel (Silverton)

silverton-grand-imperial-hotel-adam-jewellOriginally known as the Thomson Block, the Grand Hotel was completed in 1882, in just under 10 months the massive granite structure became renowned for being the largest single standing structure south of Denver. The Grand Hotel was the Crown Jewel of Silverton and quickly become the pinnacle of luxury in the Southwest. The Harper family, owners of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, purchased the Hotel in the spring of 2015. “Our family is committed to the Grand Imperial and the Town of Silverton,” said Harper. Upon its opening in 1883, the hotel was known as “the social center of the San Juans – we want to see the Grand, grand again.”  L1290035

Unlike other mountain town hotels from this era, the Grand Imperial stayed open through the Silver Crash, the Great Depression, and both World Wars. The last major rehab project was undertaken in 1951. In 2015, the owners began a $2 million renovation and restoration of the old hotel using $600,000 in State Historic Preservation Tax Credits and $400,000 in Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credits—effectively financing half the project! Guest rooms were repaired, renovated, and updated with modern amenities. Downstairs, the original hotel lobby was preserved and restored. On the exterior, historic brick, metal trim, and wood windows were carefully restored, while the old stone foundation was repaired and reinforced to keep the building standing for another 130 years.

Watch a video about the Grand Imperial Hotel here.

Ginger & Baker (Fort Collins)

Since 1905, the historic building that now houses Ginger & Baker has been an important Fort Collins gathering place. For years, the white stucco grain mill welcomed farmers, ranchers, and townspeople to pick up feed, supplies, and catch up with friends. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and this recent adaptive reuse project exemplifies a thoughtful, historically-sensitive, and community-minded approach to redevelopment. Careful restoration and preservation of the building’s historic architectural details were priorities of the project.  Additional attention was given to the character and charm of the building that made it a symbol of theL1290089 community that harkens back to the atmosphere of the neighborhood grain mill. Throughout the restoration and construction of the building, sustainability became a key focus, which began with the preservation of the historic building itself. Materials that could not be kept in the mill building were salvaged and repurposed into furniture, fixtures, and art on display in the new adjoining building.  Jack and Ginger Graham are proud to have led one of the first developments breaking ground in Fort Collins’ growing River District. Ginger & Baker is now home to two restaurants, a market, a bakery, café, teaching kitchen, wine cellar, mill-top event room, and rooftop patio.  Each of these spaces offers a unique experience and a chance for visitors to gather once again with family, friends, colleagues, and neighbors.  The owners hope you visit Ginger and Baker and celebrate with them the joy of history, community, creativity, and pie!

Watch a video about Ginger & Baker here.

Ute Indian Museum (Mancos)

Nestled in the heart of traditional Ute territory, the Ute Indian Museum in Montrose, Colorado, is History Colorado’s only facility in western Colorado. The Museum was built in 1956 on the original lands of Uncompahgre leader Chief Ouray and his wife Chipeta. The Ute Indian Museum celebrates the history and the living culture of Colorado’s longest continuous residents and features one of the most extensive collections of Ute ethnographic objects in existence. The Museum is recognized as a State Historical Monument and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The grounds include Chief Ouray memorial park, the grave where Chipeta was buried after her death on reservation lands in Utah in 1924, and a native plants garden. The complex also includes shady picnic areas, walking paths, a memorial to the Spanish conquistadors who traveled through the area in 1776 and a link to the city-wide trail system.  L1290084

The State of Colorado appropriated $2.9 million to renovate the Ute Indian Museum building. The expanded Museum makes connections between past and contemporary Ute life and culture and the Ute peoples’ history of adaptation and persistence.  After several years of collaboration between History Colorado and the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe on planning, construction, exhibit design, and fundraising the museum re-opened to the public on June 10, 2017.  The 60-year-old exhibits have been replaced with new ones unfolding around a central theme of geography and highlighting Ute cultural survival, political self-determination, economic opportunity, and the celebration of the Bear Dance. The Museum is available to the community as a regional gathering place.

Watch a video about the Ute Indian Museum here.


2018 Preservation Edge Award:

The Preservation Edge Award is presented to a project that recognizes the preservation of a historic resource through unique and creative methods. This year’s Edge Award will go to the latest Punch Bowl Social, location which adapted the historic Stapleton Airport and Air Control Tower (Stapleton).

After standing vacant for nearly two decades, the iconic Stapleton airport traffic control tower in Denver, Colorado has been reimagined as Punch L1290082Bowl Social, an award-winning “eatertainment” restaurant concept combining social gaming with high-integrity culinary and craft beverage programs. When the City approached Punch Bowl Social for their help to restore the historic landmark, founder and CEO Robert Thompson heartily agreed. The design of the 32,000-square-foot, 671-seat adaptive reuse project honors the legacy of the abandoned airport, preserving many elements of the historic tower building including the precast panels that originally graced the tower’s exterior. Thompson’s vision reflects the golden age of aviation, incorporating stylistic elements throughout the restaurant such as the original terminal signage and baggage tags incorporated in art installations.

Watch a video about the Punch Bowl Social here.


2018 Endangered Places Progress Award:

This year’s Endangered Places Progress Award, recognizes the progress made towards saving a site listed as one of Colorado’s Most Endangered Places.  In 2002, CPI listed the highly significant Goodnight Barn as it was in danger of being relocated to the National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock, TX.  The historic Goodnight Barn (Pueblo) will receive the 2018 Progress Award.

Built betwegoodnight_barnen 1870 and 1871, the historic Goodnight barn is the sole surviving structure from the Goodnight Rock Canyon Ranch, the northern headquarters for the L1290092Goodnight-Loving cattle trail. The 149-year-old barn was constructed from sandstone quarried from a nearby canyon and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Colorado Preservation, Inc. listed the barn as one of Colorado’s Most Endangered Places in 2002 as the barn was in danger of being relocated to the National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock, Texas. Thanks to the committed efforts of the Goodnight Barn Preservation Committee and the City of Pueblo, close to $700,000 has been raised for the project from private donations, grants, fundraising dinners, and an annual Western Art Show. The Team is proud to announce Phase One of the restoration, which will complete urgent structural repairs including foundation stabilization and masonry reconstruction and restoration.

Watch a video about the Goodnight Barn here.

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