Virtual Happy Hours

Colorado Preservation, Inc.’s Board, staff, and supporters are now meeting virtually to connect from time to time to learn about our critical historic places around Colorado and CPI’s Endangered Places Program. It’s time for a conversation with our friends at the Paris Mill!

Topic: CPI Happy Hour – Paris Mill in Park County

Time: Tuesday, June 9, 4:00-5:00 PM MT

The Paris Mill is located on the eastern slope of the Mosquito Range in Park County, Colorado, at an altitude of 11,000′. Construction of the Mill was completed in 1895 to service the Paris Mine high above Buckskin Gulch on Mount Bross. The Mill’s period of significance begins with its construction in 1895 and continues to 1937 when major mill operations ceased. The Mill has primarily sat idle since the 1937 closure, with its most recent occupation being a brief drilling operation in 1977.

The Paris Mill was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion A for Industry as well as Criterion C for Engineering and Architecture. Colorado Preservation, Inc. listed the Paris Mill as one of Colorado’s Most Endangered Places in 2004. The Mill is nearly complete, including its machinery, engineered systems, structural elements, and architectural aspects and is one of few intact mills remaining from this era in Colorado.

2019 saw significant progress for the Paris Mill rehabilitation project. Not only were two phases of work completed in one summer, but several unanticipated and unplanned complications were successfully dealt with as well. Central to 2019’s work was foundation rehabilitation, reconstruction, and reinforcement of the east wing, center section, tower section, and tank house. Additionally, the tank house was partially deconstructed, and one of the two 30-foot diameter steel tanks removed by crane to a temporary location. Most of the west wing exterior was completed, and the tower section was reinforced in preparation for its reconstruction. Join a conversation with CPI’s Kim Grant, Jennie Andrusin (Park County), Andy Spencer (SPNHA), and Steve Seebohm (Wattle & Daub). They will share some of the Paris Mill’s history, preservation challenges, and future plans.

Now Get Ready!

1. Learn more about the Paris Mill!

  • Watch a video about the Paris Mill from the South Park National Heritage Area (SPNHA)!

2. Grab a cocktail or local beer!

3. Support Colorado Preservation and our Partners in this critical time. 

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