Endangered Places Archives

Since 1998, Colorado Preservation, Inc. has been working with communities throughout the state to save endangered historic buildings, landscapes and archaeological sites through its Endangered Places Program.

2023 marks the 26th anniversary of Colorado Preservation, Inc.’s Saving Places Conference and Colorado’s Most Endangered Places list. The program provides advocacy, awareness, and technical assistance to significant historic sites throughout Colorado that are in danger of being lost. Colorado Preservation, Inc. devotes staff time and resources to build capacity and rally concerned citizens so that listed as well as un-listed sites can be saved. In 26 years, the Colorado’s Most Endangered Places program has highlighted 135 historic sites throughout the state; 55 sites have been SAVED and only eight have been lost. The program has a wide reach, with sites located in every region of the state in 49 of the 64 counties. 

Click on the Map above to see where the Endangered Places are located around Colorado.

Endangered Places by Year


Far View Visitor Center (Montezuma County)
Feminilas Building (Costilla County)
Garcia School (Costilla County)
Koch Homestead (Pitkin County)
South Platte Hotel (Jefferson County)


In 2022, CPI paused to focus on five key existing listed sites that reflect the heritage of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and rural sites.

Dearfield (Weld County, listed 1999)
Iglesia de San Antonio-Tiffany Catholic Church (La Plata County, listed 2019)
The Southern Ute Boarding School Campus (La Plata County, listed 2020)
Stranges Grocery Store (Mesa County, listed 2001)
Union Pacific Pumphouse (Cheyenne County, listed 2005)


Historic Bridges of Colorado (Statewide)
Lafayette Head Home & Ute Indian Agency (Conejos County)
Winter Park Balcony House (Grand County)


Antelope Springs Methodist Episcopal Church (Morgan County)
Isis Theatre (Teller County)
East Portal Camp Cabins (Gilpin County)
The Southern Ute Boarding School Campus (La Plata County)


Iglesia de San Antonio-Tiffany Catholic Church (La Plata County)
Hose Company No. 3 Fire-Museum (Pueblo County)
Adobe Potato Cellars of San Luis Valley (Costilla, Conejos, Rio Grande, & Alamosa Counties)
McIntire Ranch and Mansion (Conejos County)
SAVED! R&R Market (Costilla County)


Downtown Underground(Statewide)
Doyle Settlement (Pueblo County)
Elk Creek Octagon and Barn at Shaffer’s Crossing (Jefferson County)
Tarryall-Cline Ranch (Park County)


Centre Avenue (Weld County)
Temple Aaron (Las Animas County)
World’s Wonder View Tower (Lincoln County)


Belvidere Theatre(Gilpin County)
Glen Huntington Bandshell (Boulder County)
LOST Great Western Sugar Factory Complex (Adams County)
Tabor Opera House (Lake County)


Denver Tramway Company Streetcar No.04 (Jefferson County)
SAVED! Gold Medal Orchard (Montezuma County)
Reiling Gold Dredge (Summit County)
Ute Ulay Mill & Town Site (Hinsdale County)


4 Bar 4 Ranch (Grand County)
SAVED! Hahn’s Peak Lookout (Routt County)
Mid-Century Resources of Littleton Blvd (Arapahoe County)
Montoya Ranch (Huerfano County)
Neon Signs of Colfax (Denver County)


Fort Lyon (Bent County)
Homesteading Resources of Escalante Canyon (Delta County)
Hotchkiss Barn (Delta County)
SAVED! Kennedy/Mancos Grain Elevator (Montezuma County)
SAVED! Sundial Plaza/Cranmer Park (Denver County)


Central Platoon School (Morgan County)
SAVED! Crossan’s Market (Routt County)
Historic Eastside Neighborhood (Pueblo County)
Lizzy Knight’s Cabin (Rural Dolores County)
Moffat Road/Hill Road (Rural Boulder, Grand, and Gilpin Counties)
SAVED! Sullivan Gateway (Denver County)


Deputy Warden’s House (Fremount County)
LOST Given Institute (Pitkin County)
SAVED! Handy Chapel (Mesa County)
SAVED! McElmo Creek Flume (Montezuma County)
SAVED! Ralston Cemetery (Jefferson County)
Salida Opera House (Chaffee County)


Brown’s Sheep Camp (Las Animas County)
SAVED! Colorado State Capitol Dome (Denver County)
Elkhorn Lodge (Larimer County)
Grand Junction Depot (Mesa County)
Outbuildings of Lake City (Hinsdale County)
LOST Willowcroft Manor & Farm (Arapahoe County)


Fourth Street Commercial District – Downtown Saguache (Saguache County)
SAVED! Greeley Salt Lake and Pacific Railroad Grade (Larimer County)
Sixteenth Street Mall (Denver County)
Walsen Power Plant (Huerfano County)


SAVED! Chimney Rock (Archuleta County)
LOST Craig Railroad Depot (Moffat County)
SAVED! Rialto Theater Building (Alamosa County)
Riverside Cemetery (Denver County)
Silver Dollar Saloon (Teller County)


Arkansas Valley Fairground Adobe Stables (Otero County)
SAVED! Civic Center Park (Denver County)
SAVED! Denver & Rio Grande Railroad Station (Conejos County)
McLaughlin Building (Pueblo County)
Santa Fe Trail & Southeast Heritage Region (Las Animas & Otero Counties)


SAVED! Colona School & Grange (Ouray County)
Commodore Mine District (Mineral County)
SAVED! Como Depot (Park County)
SAVED! Daniels Schoolhouse (Weld County)
SAVED! Georgetown School (Clear Creek County)


SAVED! Hangar 61 (Denver County)
Historic Communities in the I-70 / Clear Creek Expansion Corridor (Clear Creek County)
SAVED! Pillars of P.O.W. Camp 202 (Weld County)
Soldiers & Sailors Home (Rio Grande County)
Union Pacific Pumphouse (Cheyenne County)


SAVED! Beaumont Home (Pueblo County)
Bent County High School (Bent County)
LOST Columbian Elementary School (Bent County)
Gianella Building (Las Animas County)
Paris Mill (Park County)
SAVED! Redstone Castle (Pitkin County)


SAVED! City Ditch (Douglas, Arapahoe, and Denver Counties)
SAVED! Hutchinson Homestead and Ranch (Chaffee County)
LOST Kit Carson Hotel and Elks Lodge (Otero County)
SAVED! Native American Arboreal Wickiup and Teepee Sites (Western Slope)
SAVED! Satank (Pink) Bridge (Garfield County)


SAVED! Bradford Perley House (Jefferson County)
Foxton Post Office (Jefferson County)
Fruita Bridge (Mesa County)
SAVED! Goodnight Barn (Pueblo County)
SAVED! Grant Avenue Church (Denver County)
SAVED! Hugo Roundhouse (Lincoln County)
SAVED! Windsor Mill (Weld County)


SAVED! Amache Internment Camp: Granada (Prowers County)
SAVED! Durango Power House (La Plata County)
Inter-Laken Resort (Lake County)
SAVED! Lime Kilns (Pitkin County)
SAVED! San Rafael Church (Conejos County)
SAVED! Shield Rock Art Site (Rio Blanco County)
Snowstorm Gold Dredge (Park County)
Stranges Grocery Store (Mesa County)
SAVED! Studzinski Block and Holden Block Buildings (Pueblo County)


Alta Lakes Townsite (San Miguel County)
LOST Currigan Exhibition Hall (Denver County)
SAVED! Downtown Greeley (Weld County)
SAVED! El Corazon de Trinidad National Historic District (Las Animas County)
SAVED! Emma Store (Pitkin County)
SAVED! Evans School (Denver County)
SAVED! Manitou Springs Spa (El Paso County)
SAVED! Original Gold Hill Town Site (Boulder County)
SAVED! Rock Creek Stage Stop (Routt County)


Colorado Fuel & Iron Plant (Pueblo County)
Dearfield (Weld County)
SAVED! Grandview Terrace Neighborhood (Boulder County)
SAVED! Hanging Flume on the Dolores River (Montrose County)
SAVED! Red Mountain Mining District (Ouray County)


LOST Christian Science Church (Teller County)
SAVED! Colorado’s Gaming Towns: Cripple Creek (Teller County)
Colorado’s Gaming Towns: Black Hawk (Gilpin County)
Colorado’s Gaming Towns: Central City (Gilpin County)
Hispanic Cultural Landscape of the Purgatoire River Valley (Las Animas County)
Leadville’s Mining District
(Lake County)
SAVED! Lewis Mill (San Miguel County)
SAVED! Preston Farm (Larimer County)
SAVED! Toltec Hotel (Las Animas County)

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