2019 Dana Crawford and State Honor Awards Celebration

May 13, 2019

Reception & Cocktails at 5:00 p.m.

Dinner & Program at 6:15 p.m.

Seawell Ballroom at the DCPA

1350 Arapaho St, Denver, CO 80204

The Dana Crawford 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.

Bart Berger
2019 Dana Crawford Award Recipient

The 2019 Dana Crawford award will go to W. Bart Berger with the Denver Mountain Parks Foundation. A fourth-generation Coloradan, entrepreneur, innovator and storyteller, Bart continues to manage his family’s Centennial Farm near Estabrook. Serving on the board of directors for History Colorado for 21 years and chairman of its board for six of them, he was at the helm for the transition from the Colorado Historical Society to History Colorado and the building of its new home at 12th and Broadway. In 2004, he founded the Denver Mountain Parks Foundation to restore and revitalize the historic Denver Mountain Park system. Through his tenacious advocacy, many of the iconic architectural features there have been restored, funding and staffing has been dramatically increased, and now he is working with the City and HistoriCorps to transform the 1930s Morrison CCC camp into a learning campus for outdoor education and skills training. Bart is a staunch Coloradoan, with a passion for the natural environment as well as the legacy of leadership we have inherited, continuing to weave the two together for future generations.

Additional awardees to be celebrated are:

State Honor Awards

Estella Cole (Statewide)

Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (statewide)

Redstone Castle (Pitkin County)

Yampa Valley Electric Association Building (Routt County)

Preservation Edge Award

Rocky Mountain Land Library (Park County)

Endangered Places Progress Award

Gold Medal Orchard (Montezuma County)


Hosting Committee
Mayor Michael Hancock, Honorary Chair

Bart Berger
Nicole Bopp
Ahsley L. Bushey
Chuck Cavness

Dana Crawford
Ruth Falkenberg
J. Kent Gervasini
Jim Kroll

Blair Miller
Ed Nichols
David Tryba
Stephanie Tryba


Sponsorship Opportunities

The Dana Crawford and State Honors Awards are not possible without the generous support of supporting organizations, businesses, and individuals. If you would like to know more about sponsor opportunities, please download more information here and be in touch.


Thank you to our sponsors!

Preservation Champion Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors

W. Bart Berger

Blue Sage Ventures

BOK Financial, Private Wealth

Charles Cavness

Colorado Historical Foundation

Friends of the Redstone Castle

History Colorado
State Historical Fund

Robert E. Musgraves & Joan Prusse

Spectrum General Contractors, Inc.

STARBOARD Realty Group &
St. Charles Town Company

Tryba Architects

Urban Neighborhoods, Inc.

Patron Sponsors

Anderson Hallas Architects

Phelps-Tointon, Inc

Ruth Falkenberg

James Kroll

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Featured Project

Preservation for a Changing Colorado

The 2017 update, Preservation for a Changing Colorado, resulted from a partnership between Colorado Preservation and History Colorado and Colorado Preservation, Inc. Prepared by Clarion Associates, the new report and accompanying website document the economic benefits of rehabilitation projects, analyzes property values and neighborhood stability in local historic districts, and summarizes the increasing impact of heritage tourism, private preservation development and the success of Colorado’s Main Street program. In a key finding, researchers found that for every $1 million spent on historic preservation in Colorado leads to $1.03 million in additional spending, 14 new jobs, and $636,700 in increased household incomes across the state! The 2017 report also considers the important role preservation plays in helping Coloradans provide new spaces for creative communities and co-working, create and sustain meaningful places, respond to the state’s changing demographics, and address climate concerns. Click Here to see the full report, "Preservation for a Changing Colorado".

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