Historic Preservation Month Begins

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Jessica R. Reske, AIA, LEED AP
Architect/Historic Preservation Specialist

Historic Preservation Month

National Historic Preservation Month was established in 1973 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.   Throughout Historic Preservation Month, historic sites are celebrated throughout the nation, fostering community pride and showcasing community heritage.  Each May, SLATERPAULL joins in celebrating Historic Preservation month with participation in local community events, our annual preservation postcards, and involvement in preservation projects statewide.  We hope you will join us in celebrating National Historic Preservation month!

Preserving Community Connections: Roots of Colorado

Colorado’s rich history and diverse heritage are evident in the historic buildings throughout the state.  Sites such as Fort Lyon tell the settlement history of the state, being located along the Santa Fe Trail.  Used initially as a trading post, then as an Army fort, the fort was later converted by the Navy to a tuberculosis sanitarium.  The Navy turned the property over to the Veteran’s Administration in 1922. The VA transferred the property to the Colorado Department of Corrections in 2001.  Today, the historic buildings at Fort Lyon are vacant, awaiting a reuse strategy.

Montoya Ranch, located near Walsenburg, Colorado also speaks to the early history of the state.  What started as an adobe below-grade structure later became the local post office and then grocery store.  Currently privately owned, the building complex requires extensive rehabilitation before it can be fully utilized. 

Closer to home, Semper Farm in Westminster, Colorado stands amid modern residential developments as a testament to the area’s agricultural history.  The farm house was constructed circa 1882 by Charles and Julia Semper, early settlers of the area, and served as a community center, housing functions such as the local post office and grocery store.  The property is used by community gardeners taking advantage of the plots available on site and the City of Westminster is planning to complete the interior rehabilitation of the farmhouse for future reuse.