Hands-On Historic Preservation Workshop

Hands-on Historic Preservation Workshop to be Held October 23-24, 2020 at the Foxton Post Office building in Jefferson County

Historic Foxton Post Office – South Facade. Photo courtesy of Colorado Preservation, Inc.

           Denver (October 16, 2020)    Colorado Preservation, Inc. (CPI) invites volunteers to participate in a free, hands-on historic preservation workshop at the Foxton Post Office in the tiny unincorporated Town of Foxton in Jefferson County, Colorado on Friday, October 23rd and Saturday, October 24th.  The workshop runs from 8:00-5:00 on Friday and from 8:00-12:00 on Saturday.  Volunteers are requested to bring a lunch on Friday.  Water will be provided, and volunteers are required to bring a mask and observe all Covid-19 protocols during the workshop. The workshop will introduce volunteers to preservation techniques and will begin the process of rehabilitation of the historic Foxton Post Office by cleaning the property, temporary shoring or stabilization of the foundation and roof supports, removal of rotted wood shingles, installation of temporary roofing material, and mothballing of windows and doors.  Volunteers should also bring work gloves, proper footwear, a hard hat (if available), and dress for cooler weather in the morning and warmer weather in the afternoon.

            The unincorporated Town of Foxton is located along Foxton Road south of US Highway 285 in between two significant and popular Jefferson County Open Space trail and park amenities:  Reynolds Park and Cathedral Spires Park.  The Foxton Post Office sits at the north gateway to the Town of Foxton, which is owned by Denver Water. The building served as a Post Office for the town and was also a Texaco gas station for many years, used by a heavy stream of travelers passing through the area.  In 2002, the building was placed on Colorado’s Most Endangered Places list in recognition of its deteriorating condition and possible demolition.  Kim Grant, Endangered Places Program director at CPI, explained that, “A hands-on workshop for the Foxton Post Office is a great way to introduce participants to proper techniques and treatments designed to protect the building while building support in the local community for possible preservation and/or adaptive re-use.”

           Volunteers will work under the direction of CPI’s Endangered Places Program director Kim Grant and Jon Sargent of Deep Roots Timberworks, dba Deep Roots Craftsmen, a Fort Collins-based contractor with extensive historic preservation experience.  Please RSVP by Thursday, October 22nd to Kim Grant at 303-893-4260 x 222.

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