Five diverse, but very significant, sites were selected this year that need special help. Demolition, neglect, natural forces, land value fluctuation, and unsympathetic owners are the forces that typically threaten historic buildings and significantly increase the danger to the unique places that link us to Colorado’s past. These are the special places that define our communities and form the foundation for our collective identity as Coloradans in the future. Colorado Preservation, Inc. devotes staff time and resources to raise funds and rally concerned citizens so that listed sites can be saved.
The deadline for the 2015 List is August 15, 2014.
DOWNLOAD or complete the ONLINE 2015 Nomination Form here.
- 4 Bar 4 Ranch
- Hahn’s Peak Lookout
- Mid-Century Resources of Littleton Blvd.
- Montoya Ranch
- Neon Signs of Colfax Ave.
Endangered Places Site Archives
Since 1997, Colorado Preservation, Inc. has produced an annual Colorado’s Most Endangered Places list to build awareness of, and assistance for, historically significant places within the state that are in danger of being lost. Of the 101 sites that have been named to the list since its inception, 33 have been designated as saved, and only 6 have been lost. Learn More >>
What Do These Categories (Save, In Progress, Alert, and Lost) Mean?
These categories are often site specific as to what they actually constitute; however, generally a “Save” constitutes that the historic resource is no longer endangered and threatened. This often means that one or more of the following have been completed: rehabilitation, restoration, preservation, conservation, documentation, stabilization, interpretation. When sites are ”In Progress” this means that they are currently in the process of the aforementioned; however, the work is not complete. “Alert” means that the Listed sites are still in the planning process to become a “Save,” and “Lost” means that the site has been demolished.
What We Have Learned…
Since inception of the Endangered Places Program in 1996, Colorado Preservation, Inc. has only “Lost” 5 sites. While this is a good track record, with these losses there are important lessons to be learned. One of the biggest lessons we have learned is that community support is huge. How a site moves from “Alert” to a “Save” depends in great part on how involved and dedicated the community is to protecting the resource. In recent years with the loss of the Given Institute, Aspen, and the Baldwin building, Holeyoke, we have learned that it is best to be pro-active regarding advocacy and outreach on the benefits of preservation and historic resources in general. Over the years we have also learned the importance of engaging, educating, and empowering communities not only with the outcome of a particular Listed endangered resource, but also on how to prevent future threats.