2020 Dana Crawford and State Honor Awards Celebration

CPI is extremely excited to honor Cynthia Neely with the 2020 Dana Crawford Award for her years of dedication to historic preservation in the Georgetown Silver Plume National Historic Landmark District. The Dana Crawford Award recognizes not only Cynthia’s life-long contributions to the preservation but the efforts of Historic Georgetown, Inc. and the passage of Georgetown’s Historic Preservation Ordinance, which turns 50 this May. Cynthia was named a “Clear Creek County Point of Light” for her work on the Historic District Public Lands initiative that helped protect the setting of the National Historic Landmark District, an effort she remains devoted to today.

Now more than ever, we need a story that highlights the triumphs of community and vision. Please enjoy this video commemorating Cindy’s preservation journey.

CPI wishes to acknowledge all the individuals and corporations who generously contributed their support of Cindy and CPI.

We recognize that times are difficult and there are many causes and organizations needing your attention. However, a tax-deductible donation to CPI today will have an incredible impact on our financial health. If it is possible, we encourage you to donate to CPI in honor of Cindy Neely and to recognize the 30th anniversary of celebrating remarkable preservationists in Colorado. Any contribution is welcome, but we are suggesting a number that goes with our celebrations: $30, $50, or a combination!

On Behalf of CPI’s Board and Staff – Please Join Us in Congratulating Cindy Neely!

Would you please offer your note of congratulations to Cindy? It’s not too late! Notes will be collected through Wednesday, June 10th.

CPI’s Dana Crawford Awards Dinner is Colorado’s premier statewide preservation awards event, honoring individuals and organizations that make significant contributions toward preserving Colorado’s built and archaeological history as well as saving working landscapes.

The evening’s namesake is Dana Crawford, a preservation pioneer who proved that saving historic buildings makes economic sense. She embodies the dedication to preservation that CPI celebrates each year at this event. CPI is grateful to Dana for her leadership and her work saving important landmarks statewide.

Do you have a suggestion for a project or individual who should be recognized?

Please submit your idea to CPI here.

About Colorado Preservation, Inc.

Colorado Preservation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that promotes historic preservation statewide by providing advocacy, education, outreach, and preservation services to communities and individuals. Our vision is to engage citizens across Colorado to honor and protect their heritage, to lead them to build a sustainable future with historic places, and to inspire them to prioritize the past as legacy.

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Preservation for a Changing Colorado

Historic preservation has a direct economic benefit to communities and Colorado! Take a look at the 2017 study, which considered the ways adaption of historic places has a direct financial effect on the state.

This updated, most resent study, was the result of a partnership between Colorado Preservation, Inc and History Colorado, funded by a grant from History Colorado's State Historical Fund. Prepared by Clarion Associates, the new report document the economic benefits of rehabilitation projects, analyzes property values and neighborhood stability in local historic districts, and summarizes the increasing impact of heritage tourism, private preservation development and the success of Colorado’s Main Street program.

In a key finding, researchers determined that for every $1 million spent on historic preservation in Colorado it produced $1.03 million in additional spending, 14 new jobs, and $636,700 in increased household incomes across the state!

The 2017 report also considers the important role preservation plays in helping Coloradans provide new spaces for creative communities and co-working, create and sustain meaningful places, responds to the state’s changing demographics, and addresses climate concerns.

Click Here to see download and read the full report, "Preservation for a Changing Colorado".