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The People’s House

There is no more potent symbol of the past, present and future aspirations of the people of our State than our venerable Colorado State Capitol Building and its magnificent gold-plated dome. Through vision and philanthropy the citizens and business leaders that preceded us played an essential role in the creation of the Statehouse. In 1908, miners donated 200 ounces of 24-karat gold to gild the cast-iron, copper-clad dome that was designed by Elijah E. Myers in 1885. In fact, the ten acres of ground on which “the people’s house” was erected was a gift made to Colorado in 1868 by hotelier Henry C. Brown.

A Complex Problem

It isn’t the Gold – It’s Water, Heat and Cold!

Regrettably, the dome of our Capitol has fallen into serious disrepair. The cast iron enclosure of the dome and drum, painted gray to match granite used elsewhere in the structure, has deteriorated over the past hundred years due to water infiltration and the intense freeze-thaw cycle of the Colorado climate. The observation deck, the unforgettable field trip destination for generations of Colorado’s school children, has been closed to them, as well as to all visitors, since 2007 due to the danger of falling cast iron. Engineering experts have declared the deteriorated condition of the structural metal fasteners holding the enclosure together to be a significant hazard to the building and its occupants. The experts have concluded that, “the entire dome will require extensive work to repair current damage and preserve the feature for future generations.”

Colorado Preservation Inc is proud to lead the citizen’s campaign to raise the funding necessary to restore our Capitol Dome.

By helping meet the goal of $8 million set for us by the Legislature, you are not only saving the “People’s House”, you are also helping to save the State Historical Fund for all Coloradans. Our elected officials have taken $4 million from the State Historical Fund for the Dome, now it is up to us to see that the State Historical Fund regains its maximum capacity for grant rounds in FY 2011 and 2012. By making a fully tax-deductable gift today, you are helping to restore our magnificent Dome AND saving the State Historical Fund from the threat of continued State appropriation. When you use the “Donate” button, your funds go directly to the Dome restoration effort.

THANK YOU, let’s bring it home for the Dome and the State Historical Fund today!

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Denver, CO 80218

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Granada Relocation Center: Amache

Working in partnership with the Friends of Amache and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Colorado Preservation, Inc. was awarded two grants from the National Park Service’s Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program in June 2010. The first project is to develop a rehabilitation and reconstruction plan for the Water Tower, of which the original tank portion was found largely intact under ownership of the Fletcher family who owns a ranch 20 miles south of Granada.

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