What are the Stephen H. Hart Awards for Historic Preservation?
History Colorado began presenting the Stephen H. Hart Awards in 1986 to recognize outstanding projects and individual achievements in archaeology and historic preservation throughout Colorado. Stephen H. Hart was Colorado’s first State Historic Preservation Officer.
From this select group of awardees, one exceptional project is chosen every year to receive the Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation. First presented in 2003, the Governor’s Award recognizes a project or person that exemplifies the best in historic preservation, in honoring historic design and craftsmanship, and in adhering to proper preservation techniques and ethics.
The History Colorado President’s Award recognizes a person, project, or program that enriched and educated others about our state’s history and heritage, while the Hart Archaeology Award goes to a person, project, or program that demonstrated a commitment to archaeology and historic preservation.
The 2015 Hart Awards were presented on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at the History Colorado Center.
13th Annual Governor's Award for Historic Preservation
Honoree: Boulder County Project: Proactive consideration of historic buildings during disaster planning, response, and recovery
Boulder County has emerged as a model regarding consideration of historic buildings and structures in disaster planning, response, and recovery. The county proactively developed a program over several years, resulting in saving historic buildings and structures and providing an example to other local governments regarding disaster planning. Within a month of the September 2013 flood, as a result of its two-decade survey history and disaster planning, Boulder County was able to provide to FEMA and the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation a list of all properties 45 years old and older that received some level of damage in the flood.
The county focused its resources on the damaged and endangered historic properties; they enlisted and managed volunteer engineers, provided county historic preservation grants, and processed landmark applications for properties to become eligible for local grants. Properties such as the Wood-Cobb Cabin and the Salina “Red Barn” might no longer be with us but for county intervention.
6th Annual History Colorado President's Award
Honoree: Ernest House, Jr. Project: His Great Service to Tribes and Historic Preservation in Colorado
As the Executive Director of Commission of Indian Affairs (CCIA), Ernest House, Jr. has worked closely with History Colorado to maintain a government-to-government relationship between the State of Colorado and tribal governments. Ernest is well known for his ability to bring disparate groups together to find solutions to challenging and long-standing issues. His current service on the Sand Creek Massacre Commemoration Commission and the Colorado Repatriation and Reburial Workgroup are but two illustrations of the vital role he plays as an informal, yet highly respected, liaison for tribal issues.
His attention to detail and ability to assess situations in real-time have helped History Colorado conduct unmarked human burials in consultation with the two resident Ute Tribes and forty-six other consulting tribes in an effective and efficient manner. Moreover, Ernest House has helped many of us to understand that what some call “historic preservation” is actually a subset of a much larger set of concerns that involve cultural landscapes, community renewal, and sustainable environments. A true leader not only has answers when you need them, but makes one consider the most difficult questions that we must confront as public servants.
6th Annual State Archaeologist's Award
Honoree: Marilyn Martorano Project: Her Studies of Culturally Modified Trees in Colorado
Archaeologist Marilyn Martorano has been studying Colorado’s prehistory since the late 1970s. While she has made a variety of contributions to the field, one of her main areas of interest over the years has been the study of Culturally Modified Trees (CMTs), or living trees that have been modified and used by Native American peoples.
The best documented sets of resources in Colorado are those in the Rio Grande River area, studied by Martorano in the 1970s and ‘80s. Martorano documented hundreds of CMTs at 22 sites in Great Sand Dunes National Park and in the Conejos Creek and Saguache Creek areas. Martorano’s studies of CMTs over the last four decades have greatly increased our understanding of the way ancient peoples used natural resources, culminating in a CMT workshop at the 2014 annual meeting of the Colorado Council of Professional Archaeologists, in Glenwood Springs. These studies also serve as catalysts for connecting with the Ute Tribes of Colorado.
29th Annual Stephen H. Hart Awards
Honoree: City of Aspen and Aspen Historic Preservation Commission Project: Mid-Century Properties Individualized Incentives Program
Aspen is a small city of 6,700 residents, and the average price of a house is $3 million. High property values render development pressure intense, making historic preservation a tough sell.
Following the silver bust of 1893, there was virtually no construction in this mining town until the postwar ski boom. Early postwar structures were based on tourist-oriented rustic style log buildings and Swiss chalets. Later, as the town became more nationally renowned for skiing and cultural opportunities, clients engaged architects such as Fritz Benedict, Herbert Bayer, and Victor Lundy to design their dream homes, commercial edifices, and educational institutions.
Prioritizing the city’s postwar resources took more than a decade, with many losses along the way. But a 25-member Aspen Historic Preservation Task Force, community members, and preservation partners have worked hard to preserve the city’s mid-century properties, and today fifty percent of the properties on the city’s original list of postwar resources have been designated. The launching of the website www.aspenmod.com has resulted in additional voluntary designations. In July 2014 Aspen was honored by the National Alliance of Preservation Commission at its biennial forum in Philadelphia as the “Commission of the Year” for its persistence and successful program.
Honoree: Cultural Resources Staff of the Colorado Department of Transportation Project: Collaborative Mitigation Program
The Section 106 Process of the National Historic Preservation Act requires federal agencies to take into account the effects of their projects on historic properties. In Colorado, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) carries out the Section 106 process on the behalf of the Federal Highway Administration, which retains final authority over the project.
CDOT has developed and implemented many collaborative mitigation measures by opening more meaningful dialogue with a wide-range of Section 106 consulting parties. CDOT has done this on its own accord and not out of any additional regulatory trigger. CDOT could easily default to the past practice of “Document & Destroy,” but has chosen to take a more collaborative approach with other Section 106 consulting parties to produce more meaningful and useful mitigation products that can be used by the larger public, from research publications to YouTube videos to heritage tourism guides.
Honoree: Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory Project: Preservation of the Gothic Townsite and Structures
The Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL) is a biological field station whose mission is to advance the scientific understanding of nature that promotes informed stewardship of the earth. Through the initiative of Dr. John C. Johnson, RMBL was founded in 1928 on the remains of an abandoned mining town, known as Gothic, which grew during the 1880s but was mostly deserted by 1893, the year of the Silver Crash.
Today RMBL has extensive experience managing historic preservation and rehabilitation projects, owning more than 70 structures. The State Historical Fund has partially funded seven construction projects at RMBL. These and their many other projects have helped spread knowledge of preservation. RMBL conducts numerous public tours of the townsite throughout the year, and each fall, the RMBL holds an annual Historic Preservation Dinner, welcoming usually more than 100 guests, including local members of the public. Moreover, Gothic is a stopping point for numerous people (topping 100,000 last year) on their way to hikes, nature painting/photography, mountain biking and camping, and many of these people stop at the Visitor Center and can gain information about the town site and surrounding area.
12th Annual Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation:
Dominguez Archaeological Research Group, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation, Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, and National Park Service – The Colorado Wickiup Project
5th Annual History Colorado President's Award:
The National Trust for Historic Preservation, St. Charles Town Company, SLATERPAULL Architects, and Spectrum General Contractors – Emerson School*
5th Annual Hart Archaeology Award:
Richard Carrillo – Statewide Archaeological Efforts
28th Annual Stephen H. Hart Awards:
Logan County Board of County Commissioners – Logan County Courthouse*
City of Greeley and Historic Greeley, Inc. – Greeley’s Comprehensive Outreach and Educational Preservation Initiatives
Western Colorado Interpretive Association, Inc; Anthony & Associates; and the Bureau of Land Management Project – Hanging Flume*
11th Annual Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation:
City of Pueblo and Historic Pueblo, Inc. – Pueblo Neighborhood Heritage Enhancement Project
4th Annual History Colorado President's Award:
George Eckhardt, Colorado College – Preservation and Restoration of Historic Buildings Owned by Colorado College
4th Annual Hart Archaeology Award:
Jason LaBelle, Colorado State University – Statewide Archaeological Efforts
27th Annual Stephen H. Hart Awards:
City of Fort Collins, Carol Tunner, Deborah Uhl, and Old Town Square Properties, Inc. – Restoration of the Coca-Cola/Angell's Delicatessen Ghost Sign
University of Denver Department of Anthropology, United Mine Workers of America, and the National Park Service – Ludlow Tent Colony Site
10th Annual Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation:
Ann A. Pritzlaff, Judy Walden, and Michelle Pearson – Colorado Preserve America Youth Summit
3rd Annual History Colorado President's Award:
Denver Museum of Nature and Science – Snowmass Fossil Site excavation
3rd Annual Hart Archaeology Award:
Mark Michel and Jim Walker, the Archaeological Conservancy – Statewide Archaeological Efforts
26th Annual Stephen H. Hart Awards:
Mike Perschbacher, Older Than Dirt Construction – Numerous Projects, including the DL&G Depot, Buena Vista
Town of Jamestown – Jamestown Town Hall Restoration
Pine-Elk Creek Improvement Association – Pine Grove Community Center Rehabilitation & Preservation
9th Annual Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation:
Cynthia Neely – Lifetime Achievement Award for her dedication to preserving the rich history of Georgetown*
2nd Annual History Colorado President's Award:
John Hopper, Amache Preservation Society – Grassroots preservation and interpretation of the Granada Relocation Center (Camp Amache)
2nd Annual Hart Archaeology Award:
JC York, J&T Consulting and Journey Ventures LLC – Exemplary stewardship of the Frazier Site, Weld County
25th Annual Stephen H. Hart Awards:
Drennan Community School Building, Inc. – Rehabilitation and restoration of the Drennan School, Colorado Springs*
Margie Garcia and Building Committee, San Rafael Presbyterian Church – Restoration of San Rafael Presbyterian Church, Mogote*
Town of Pitkin – Restoration and preservation of Pitkin Town Hall*
8th Annual Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation:
Bent County, Board of County Commissioners – 1889 Bent County Courthouse, Las Animas*
Hart Archaeology Award:
Patrick Mahaffy – Exemplary stewardship of the Paleoindian Tool Cache, Boulder
24th Annual Stephen H. Hart Awards:
Monica Birrer, Spanish Peaks Library District Library Director; and the Spanish Peaks Library District Board of Trustees – Huerfano County High School, Walsenburg*
The Town of Hartman – Hartman Gymnasium, Hartman*
Historic Denver, Inc. – 23rd Avenue Presbyterian Church, Denver
7th Annual Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation:
Weld County School District RE-9 – Historic Ault High School, Ault*
23rd Annual Stephen H. Hart Awards:
Town of Breckenridge – Fuqua Livery Stable*
City of Manzanola – Rehabilitation of the Santa Fe Railway Depot, Manzanola*
Park County Office of Historic Preservation – Exceptional Historic Preservation Initiative
State of Colorado Office of the State Architect – Rehabilitation of the State Capitol Building and the Governor’s Mansion*
Eureka Masonic Lodge No. 66 Ancient Free & Accepted Masons – Rehabilitation of the Eureka Lodge*
Historic Highlandlake, Inc. – Restoration of the historic Highlandlake Community Church*
City of Montrose – Rehabilitation of the Elks Lodge, Montrose*
San Juan County Historical Society – Documentation of the Shenandoah-Dives Mill site
6th Annual Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation:
La Plata County Historical Society – Restoration of the Animas City School, Durango
22nd Annual Stephen H. Hart Awards:
Tim Scanlon – Historic preservation work in Colorado Springs
San Juan Mountain Association – Site stewardship and other preservation education programs
Douglas County – Restoration of the Louviers Village Club*
Fritz Klinke and Loren Lew – Historic preservation work in southwest Colorado
Grand Valley Historical Society – Restoration of the Battlement Mesa Schoolhouse*
Historical Society of Oak Creek & Phippsburg and the Town of Oak Creek – Rehabilitation of the Oak Creek Town Hall
Jim Cross – Restoration of 621-623 Main Street in Cañon City*
Riverside Task Force – Restoration of the Riverside School, Grand Junction
5th Annual Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation:
Kit Carson County Carousel Association – Restoration and interpretation of the Kit Carson County Carousel in Burlington*
21st Annual Stephen H. Hart Awards:
Grace Church in Buena Vista – Restoration of church building*
Creede Historical Society – Restoration of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad Depot*
City of Westminster – City’s commitment to preserving their heritage
City of Greeley – Restoration of the Greeley Tribune Building*
Senior Housing Options – Restoration of Denver’s Barth Hotel*
John Moye – Leadership in the areas of urban planning and development
Ann Komara, Ann Mullins, and the members of their team – Documentation of Denver’s Skyline Park
Mesa Verde National Park and to the Mesa Verde Museum Association – 100 years of excellence in preservation and 76 years as partners in education*
4th Annual Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation:
Trinity United Methodist Church – Restoration of church building, Denver*
20th Annual Stephen H. Hart Awards:
Grace Episcopal Church – Restoration of the church and the Snetzer Building, Georgetown*
Front Range Research Associates, Inc. – 20 Years of professional excellence
Ronald J. Neely – Nearly 35 Years of leadership in historic preservation
Colorado Preservation, Inc. – Restoration of the Skerritt House, Englewood
Indian Park School House Association and Johanna Harden Douglas County History Research Center – Stewardship of human remains found in Castle Pines
People for Silver Plume, Inc. – Efforts to Preservation Important Historic Buildings in Silver Plume*
High Plains Historical Society, Inc. – Restoration of the Nunn Municipal Building*