Rocky Mountain Center for Preservation

About the Field School

Learning Objectives & Partners

Learning Objectives

  • Educate participants in log building restoration including choosing an appropriate foundation material and preventing water/animal infiltration while considering future use of structure. 
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of replacement logs or Dutchman repairs, as well as provide supervised experience using log work tools and access to knowledgeable contractors with practical experience in the field of historic preservation. 
  • Document existing conditions and interpret how the building may have changed over time, including the possibility of replacement logs from other structures being adapted to fit.
  • Emphasize the need for research and planning before beginning a project, including careful inspection of existing structure and surrounding area and breaking down project steps to consider challenges that may arise during restoration.
  • Explore and learn from other historic preservation projects in the area, including The Tabor Opera House, Interlaken Hotel Complex, Freight and Independence Ghost Town.
A view of some buildings in the district with very tall pine trees behind them and a large mountain peak behind that.

Interlaken Resort District (2004 photograph.)

About Twin Lakes

The Twin Lakes District in Lake County is one of the best remaining examples of a mountain village of the late 1800s.  Nearly all of the buildings are of log construction, have gabled roofs, and date from the last two decades of the 19th century. 

Much of the village’s charm is derived from its mountain setting near the foot of Mt. Elbert and the numerous groves of aspen and fir trees.

Project Team

Janell Keyser
Director, Rocky Mountain Center for Preservation

Jon Sargent
Owner, Deep Roots Craftsmen

A picture of a gabled cabin with red door and window. On the left is a large tree and in the background are mountains.

Twin Lakes District (2006 photograph.)

Partner Organizations