Hispano and Latino Coloradans have long used murals as a way to celebrate and share culture. Murals that have captured this culture and its change over time are currently under threat due to rapid urban development as well as the natural wear and tear that comes with outdoor spaces.
The Loveland Lodge #1051 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks (the Elks) has been located at the northeast corner of North Railroad Avenue and 4th Street in Loveland since 1927. The lodge has been part of the history of downtown Loveland for so long, many may not know that when the building was first constructed in 1913 it served as a hotel and looked different from how it looks today. When it was the Lovelander Hotel, the west elevation once had a porte cochere, a second light well, and a different fenestration (window arrangement). The south elevation originally had a different type of storefront with awnings.