Since 1997, Colorado Preservation, Inc. has developed Colorado’s Most Endangered Places Program to build awareness of, and assistance for, historically significant places within the state that are in danger of being lost. The success of the Endangered Places Program is based on the dedicated efforts of concerned citizens, legislators, local governments, commercial businesses, organizations and foundations, members, and donors who have contributed to successful partnerships and preservation solutions. The purpose of the program is to elevate the discussion and ramp up local action toward saving significant places that matter to Coloradans. One myth is that the listing “Endangered” is a platform to cast shame on a property owner, organization, and/or community. This is far from the cast, the intent of the program is to demonstrate how important the site is and serve as a collaborative catalyst for positive change.
The list includes 106 sites; 36 have been designated as saved, 6 have been lost and the remaining sites stand in various stages of progress. Working on a historic property? Make sure to consider the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.
Nominations for the Endangered Places List are accepted throughout the year NOMINATION DEADLINE AUGUST 1, 2016
Complete the ONLINE Nomination Form here.
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2015 Endangered Places
Four diverse, but very significant, sites were selected in 2015 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.
- Denver Tramway Company Streetcar No.4
- Gold Medal Orchard
- Reiling Gold Dredge
- Ute Ulay Mill and Town Site
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 1997, Colorado Preservation, Inc. has only lost 6 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 in Aspen, and the Baldwin building in 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.
How You Can Help
At the heart of historic preservation are the dedicated efforts of individuals. Successful preservation requires the collaborative efforts of many and Colorado Preservation, Inc. needs your help.
1. Nominate a threatened historic site to the Most Endangered Places List
For many sites in Colorado the first step in moving towards a save is raising awareness that a particular place is important and in danger. The Endangered Places Program can provide the necessary outreach and technical assistance to communities throughout the state. Learn more about the nomination process
2. Volunteer your time to a local preservation organization or Colorado Preservation, Inc Many of our Endangered Places sites hold community work days to cleanup and/or restore the building. Signup to receive the Colorado Preservation, Inc. newsletter to keep up-to-date on the latest calls for volunteers. If you are interested in learning more about how to save a particular Endangered Place site, contact Colorado Preservation, Inc or visit the individual site page to learn more.
3. Join Colorado Preservation, Inc. Your membership to Colorado Preservation, Inc. helps us build a future with historic places in Colorado. Membership allows us to provide technical assistance to communities, nonprofit organizations, and individuals for grant preservation project management, interpretation and advocacy. Become a member today!
4. Donate to a particular Endangered Places site or the Endangered Places Program Many of our sites have associated nonprofit groups who hold fundraisers or would appreciate donations, which go towards stabilization and restoration. View the individual site page to learn more.
5. Share the information about the Most Endangered Places Program with friends, local preservation groups, or local officials.