Project Update: Saguache Hotel

New Owner Brings New Life to the Historic Saguache Hotel

Colorado Preservation, Inc. recently received a State Historical Fund (SHF) grant to restore the roof, fascia and soffits of the historic Saguache Hotel in Colorado’s San Luis Valley. This is in partnership with the building’s new energetic owner, Andy Hackbarth, who has a grand vision for the property.

The project began in earnest in early September 2020. Scheuber + Darden Architects led the team along with Deep Roots Timberworks and local area roofer, Conklin Roofing/Millers Quality Coating. After planning and numerous reviews with SHF, the subcontractors worked diligently on the project mid-October through November. They completed the work in the nick of time before snow fell. With the Hotel’s roof project not yet entirely complete, they will install gutters and downspouts and paint in early spring 2021.

Built in 1910, Saguache Hotel was reported to be “one of the finest in the entire (San Luis) valley.” Constructed across from the Courthouse in downtown Saguache, the stately building anchors the southern edge of the 4th street commercial area and contributes to Saguache Downtown National Historic District. By the late 1990s, the Town and subsequently the Hotel experienced economic hardships due much in part to the realignment of U.S. Highway 285 which bypasses the downtown. Colorado Preservation, Inc., recognizing the 4th Street Commercial District on its Colorado’s Most Endangered Places, continues preservation planning with Saguache community members since that 2009 designation. Colorado Preservation, Inc. is optimistic that its work with Saguache Hotel will continue spurring revitalization and preservation efforts in the area.

Owner Andy Hackbarth can now proceed with sustainable rehabilitation plans, reimagining indoor and outdoor spaces, which include restoring the Hotel’s rooms and lobby with a larger vision to be an attractive music and entertainment venue for the area (Andy is an accomplished musician himself!). The commitment, hard work, and preservation-minded spirit of Andy is impressive. Take a look at and support his progress on Andy’s GoFundMe page – this project is sure to invoke a positive and lively atmosphere to Saguache during the coming years. Also check out The Crestone Eagle’s recent article about the project.

For more information on this project and others that Colorado Preservation, Inc. is engaged in, contact Preservation Services Director Jane Daniels, at jdaniels@coloraodpreservation.org.

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