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Check Out Colorado Preservation Virtual Happy Hours

Colorado Preservation, Inc.’s (CPI) board, staff, and supporters connect virtually from time to time to discover Colorado’s critical historic places and CPI’s Endangered Places Program. We celebrate incredible milestones and dive into these and other preservation quandaries and discoveries!

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Huerfano County Courthouse

Join CPI for a conversation with our friends at Huerfano County Courthouse in Walsenburg, Colorado. Get an exclusive, on-site look at recently completed restoration and reconstruction at this noteworthy cultural institution.

Wednesday, September 16,
4-5 PM MT

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Rundown of Huerfano County Courthouse Restoration Project

Built in 1904 with sandstone in the Romanesque Revival style, Huerfano County Courthouse and Jail (housing the Walsenburg Mining Museum today) emerged during a prosperous time during the local coal mining industry. The Courthouse continues serving the community today.

Over the years, the severity of the masonry and mortar deterioration, including spalling, cracking, holes, and failing patches, escalated as a public safety concern. The second phase of the masonry preservation of the Courthouse tower is in progress. As part of a multi-phased effort, the stone on the south and east elevations of the tower is in repair following recommendations from the first phase, which addressed the north and west elevations successfully completed in 2019. This project addresses the same issues, restoring the exterior tower masonry of this highly significant public building.

Project funders include the State Historical Fund (SHF), Huerfano County, a grant from the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA). Hoehn Architects is the project architect. Access to the tower is not easy nor often presented. Still, with general contractor Mountain Masonry restoration’s work underway, the project team experiences the height of the tower (as well as the heat of the onsite job!). It is fantastic to see the stone’s transformation up close and during the last few years – what a treasure and impressive feat.

Learn more about this project and our work to interpret and save this vital piece of Colorado and the nation’s history.

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Save the Date for Future Virtual Happy Hours:

  • Gold Medal Orchard and MORP – September 29

Recent Happy Hours:

Amache, August 18

Hugo Roundhouse, August 3


Temple Aaron, July 21


Paris Mill in Park County, June 9


World’s Wonder View Tower, May 27


The Goodnight Barn, May 11

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Preservation for a Changing Colorado

The 2017 update, Preservation for a Changing Colorado, resulted from a partnership between Colorado Preservation and History Colorado and Colorado Preservation, Inc. Prepared by Clarion Associates, the new report and accompanying website 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 found that for every $1 million spent on historic preservation in Colorado leads to $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, respond to the state’s changing demographics, and address climate concerns. Click Here to see the full report, "Preservation for a Changing Colorado".