2021 Dana Crawford and State Honor Awards Celebration

Dana Crawford & State Honor Awards 2021

Representing a bright spot during a challenging year for so many, Colorado Preservation, Inc. was honored to host this year’s Dana Crawford & State Honor Awards as an intimate, sold-out in-person gathering at Four Mile Historic Park on June 8, with 150 individuals joining in the celebration to recognize Dana Crawford Award recipients, Peter and Deedee Decker in addition to five other awardees.

Colorado Preservation, Inc.’s annual Dana Crawford & State Honor Awards is Colorado’s premier statewide preservation awards event, honoring individuals, organizations, public agencies, and businesses from across the state, whose work demonstrates excellence in historic preservation. Accomplishments are recognized in the areas of preservation, rehabilitation, stewardship, leadership, and philanthropy.

2021 Dana Crawford Award of Excellence

Peter and Deedee Decker

Colorado Preservation, Inc. (CPI) presented the 2021 Dana Crawford Award of Excellence to Peter and Deedee Decker. With heavy hearts, this award comes posthumously for Peter, who we lost in December at 86. As stated in Peter’s obituary, “[To them,] the West was more than a place but a landscape, a lifestyle, a culture, and a home.” Peter and Deedee moved to the Double D Ranch in Ridgway in 1974. They were among the first to secure a conservation easement through Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust on the Double D Ranch in 1996, protecting the property in perpetuity from development. The Deckers were critical to the early founding of CPI; Deedee was one of CPI’s founding members in 1985. She helped create and develop the inaugural Dana Crawford and State Honor Awards.

2021 State Honor Awards

Dr. Bonnie Clark (University of Denver)

2021 State Honor Awardee

Santa Maria Ranch (Park County)

2021 State Honor Awardee

Space to Create Trinidad (Las Animas County)

2021 State Honor Awardee

2021 Endangered Places Progress Award

Paris Mill (Park County)

2021 Endangered Places Progress Awardee

2021 Preservation Edge Award

Jessup Farm Artisan Village (Larimer County)

2021 Preservation Edge Awardee

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Dana Crawford Sponsor

Preservation Champion Sponsors

Clear Image Media

Supporting Sponsors

Richard G. and Mary Lyn Ballantine, Durango, CO
Deedee Decker
Sally Pearce and The Friends of Santa Maria Ranch and The Deckers

Patron Sponsors

Linda Boden
Georgianna and Robert Contiguglia
Ann Corrigan
Roxanne Eflin
Mona and John Ferrugia
JVA, Inc.
Katherine Loo
Ann Mullins
Hazel and Doug Price
Jill Seyfarth
Lucas Schneider and Marissa Ronk
Spectrum General Contractors
Tax Credit Connection
Watkins Stained Glass

Event Donors

Kathleen Andrews
Sue Anschutz-Rodgers
E. Susan Bickert
Christine Britton
Jennifer Buddenborg
Dan Corson
Margaret Coval
Dana Crawford
Deedee Decker
James E. Fell, Jr.
Carla and Pat Grant
Rhondda and Peter Grant
Kaaren Hardy
Cheyenne Johnson
Susie Johnson
James X. and Joan Kroll
Alan Matlosz
Evan Metcalf
Karen L. Onderko
Robert and Barb Pahl
Patricia Pascoe
Chris Pfaff
Phil and Bea Rico
Richard and Mary Schaefer
Sandra Scherer
Jon Schler
Kent & Janet Searl
Hilary Sinnamon
Erin Spletzer
Arianthé and Paul Stettner
Frances Taylor
Judith Wagner

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.

2020 Dana Crawford and State Honor Awards Event

2019 Dana Crawford and State Honor Awards Event

Download PDF of awardee archive 1988–2020.

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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!

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