Hands-On Historic Preservation Workshop

Contact:  ddascalos@comcast.net 720-837-3845 or
kgrant@coloradopreservation.org 303-893-4260 x 222

Hands-on Historic Preservation Workshop to be Held June 6-7, 2019
At the Dunn Block in Saguache, Colorado

            Denver (May 23, 2018)          Colorado Preservation, Inc. (CPI) invites volunteers to participate in a free, hands-on historic preservation workshop at the Dunn Block in Saguache, Colorado on Friday, June 6th and Saturday, June 7th.  The workshop runs from 8:00-5:00 on Friday and from 8:00-12:00 on Saturday, with lunch provided on Friday.  The workshop will introduce volunteers to preservation techniques and will begin the process of rehabilitation by cleaning the property, working on window restoration efforts, test power washing of painted brick, and other activities.

            The historic Dunn Block building, also known as the Means and Ashley Mercantile Building, is located at the corner of the intersection of 4th Street and San Juan Avenue in the town of Saguache.  The building was built in 1874, with an addition in 1910, and is listed on the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties (2006) and is a contributing building to the historic Saguache Downtown National Historic District (2007).  Construction of the building commenced the same year the town of Saguache was founded, with the addition built 36 years later.  The history of the building’s uses and functions parallels the development of commercial activity in the town and region for the first 50 years of its existence.  In 2009, the district itself was placed on CPI’s Most Endangered Places List as the Fourth Street Commercial District.  Rehabilitation of the Dunn Block will continue the recent progress of revitalization of the historic downtown district.  Kim Grant, Endangered Places Program director at CPI, explained that, “A hands-on workshop for the Dunn Block is a great way to introduce participants to proper techniques and treatments designed to protect the building while building support in the local community for preservation.”

            The purpose of the workshop is to provide volunteer appropriate preservation support for the rehabilitation of the Dunn Block building, which is currently owned by the Masons fraternal organization and is in the process of being sold to a local development partnership, who intend to form a local non-profit corporation and lease the building for retail, offices and residential purposes.  Volunteers will work under the direction of Henry Woods of Native Sun Construction, architect Leigh Ann Buninger and CPI Endangered Places Program director Kim Grant.  Volunteers are asked to provide their own gloves and hard hat, if available.  CPI will provide light refreshments and water on both days and lunch on Friday.  Please RSVP by Monday, June 3rd to Kim Grant at 303-893-4260 x 222.

About Colorado Preservation, Inc. – Colorado Preservation, Inc. is Colorado’s statewide non-profit historic preservation advocacy organization.  Founded in 1984, CPI promotes historic preservation statewide by providing information, education, training, expertise, and advocacy.  This mission is achieved by partnership with historic property owners, nonprofit organizations, educators, and local governments throughout Colorado.  CPI administers Colorado’s Most Endangered Places Program, presents the annual Saving Places Conference, hosts the Dana Crawford and State Honor Awards Celebration recognizing excellence in historic preservation, and maintains an active presence in the state legislature.  CPI also assists in grant administration and project management and supports rehabilitation and adaptive re-use projects that serve as models for preservation statewide.

This project is paid for in part by a History Colorado State Historical Fund grant.

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