Celebrate Downtown Greeley! The 10th Anniversary of the Downtown Historic District & Removal of Downtown from the Endangered Places List

Celebrate Downtown Greeley!  The 10th Anniversary of the Downtown Historic District & Removal of Downtown from the Endangered Places List

The Greeley Historic Preservation Commission and the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) invite all Greeley residents to an event to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the designation of the Downtown Greeley Historic District on the Greeley Historic Register (GHR) and the removal of Downtown Greeley from the Colorado Preservation, Inc. (CPI) Endangered Places List.

Robert Tointon, Chair of the DDA Board; Rachel Parris, Endangered Places Coordinator with CPI; Linde Thompson, Historic Greeley, Inc. Board member and owner of the Kress Cinema; and Betsy Kellums, Greeley Historic Preservation Specialist, will present about the saving of downtown and the historic district on Monday, November 5th, at 7 p.m. at the Kress Cinema and Lounge, 817 8th Avenue.  A pre-event open house and guided walking tours will begin at 5 p.m. at the Kress.  Tours will take participants to the north end of the formerly Endangered Places area near 6th Street, and south to 9th Street, ending at the building that housed the office of Greeley’s first female physician, Dr. Ella Mead, who will accompany that tour.  A guided basement tour will also gather at 5 p.m. at the Kress; please RSVP to the Historic Preservation Office at 970.350.9222 for the basement tour.  Several downtown lofts will also be open for participants to take self-guided tours.  Door prizes will be given and appetizers will be served.  The event is free and open to the public.

Colorado Preservation, Inc. listed Downtown Greeley on the Endangered Places List in 2000 due to urban growth to the west and a high vacancy rate.  Since the listing, much work has been done toward the goal of the “saving” of downtown and its removal from the Endangered Places List, including the following:

  • A State Historical Fund grant funded a historic resources survey and the development of design guidelines for historic downtown.
  • Colorado Community Revitalization Association designated Greeley as a Main Street Community.
  • The Historic Preservation Commission designated Downtown Greeley as a historic district on the Greeley Historic Register.
  • Multiple buildings were rehabilitated by their owners.
  • Greeley was designated as a Preserve America Community in 2005.
  • A portion of the Greeley Historic Register district was listed as a National Register Historic District in 2008.
  • New events and arts have brought people downtown and increased activity in Greeley’s historic downtown core.

For more information, please contact Betsy Kellums in the Historic Preservation Office at betsy.kellums@greeleygov.com or 970.350.9222.

 

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