This grant is for the development of State and National Register of Historic Places nominations for three distinct properties in Chaffee County, as well as for intensive surveys of three historic ranch properties located on or near the Collegiate Peaks Scenic & Historic Byway. These properties were selected with geographic distribution and resource diversity in mind, under-representation in current State and National Register listings in Chaffee County, and as properties that are at risk or that would serve as promotion for additional listings in the future.
The Chaffee County Courthouse has a long history in the Town of Buena Vista—it has served as a courthouse, a school, and now a museum. Historically the building possessed integral gutters and downspouts that extended down the face of the building. The integral gutter was covered over and the downspouts removed, allowing the water to drain over the edge of the roof.
At just 53 years old, the Butterfly Building in Steamboat Springs is an excellent local example of Usonian Modern Movement architecture, featuring horizontal lines, an inverted gable roof, minimalist design, and use of natural materials that fuse with its surroundings.
The Cheyenne County Old Jail building was designed by Robert S. Roeschlaub in the Romanesque style, and completed in 1894 . Roeschlaub was a notable architect in the 19th century, who specialized in schools, civic buildings, and even jails like this one. The Cheyenne County Jail was built five years after the county was formed and is one of the oldest remaining structures in Cheyenne Wells. The jail is significant for its depiction of Roeschlaub’s work, its demonstration of high artistic values in design, and for its association with historic events.
Despite the strong preservation presence and ethic in the city, only five percent of Denver's primary buildings have been comprehensively surveyed. One of the most ambitious survey projects in the country, the Discover Denver program has worked since 2011 to develop a strategy and methodology to survey the city and is now ready for implementation.