Studzinski Block and Holden Block Buildings

Year Listed: 2001
County: PuebloCounty
Construction Date: Late 1800s
Threat When Listed: Demolition, Development
Status: SAVE – 2008
 

Century-old Victorian commercial buildings which occupy an important place in the commercial history of the City of Pueblo.

Fueled by press about the listing, the public rallied to convince the owners of the block not to demolish the buildings. When first listed, Pueblo County officials wanted to demolish the buildings in favor of a “landscaped parking lot” to serve the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center.  After weeks of negotiations, the commissioners and City Council reached a land-swap deal that took demolition off the table.

The Studzinski Block and Holden Block buildings were sold to the Pueblo Housing Administration and designated a Local Landmark. The Pueblo Housing Administration, with the help of the Downtown Association and Colorado Preservation, Inc., used tax credits to rehabilitate the buildings. The rehabilitation of the Studzinski Block was finished in August 2005, and the Holden Block is now also complete. When removing plaster and stucco during renovation, the city discovered original stained glass windows and an advertisement painted on the side of the building, now restored. Both buildings have reached full occupancy in residential spaces on the upper floors and there are commercial spaces on the first floor. The infill between the two blocks is compatible in design as approved by the Pueblo Historic Preservation Commission.

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