Blue Jay Inn Assessment

Location

Buffalo Creek, CO

Date of Construction

1880s

History

The Blue Jay Inn was constructed in the 1880s in Buffalo Creek as a boarding house for lumbermen. It became a lodge for tourists with the arrival of the railroad. In the early 1900s it became a retreat for girls. It was reopened as an inn and restaurant in 1947, and operated until the late 1990s.

Project Description

The current owner hopes that the inn can be reopened as a community gathering place. Colorado Preservation, Inc. is worked with the owner’s representatives to complete a Historic Structure Assessment and market analysis/reuse plan in 2006. Currently, the property is under rehabilitation.

Project Team

Financed in part through a grant from the State Historical Fund.

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