Grants Awarded

Powell House-St. Cloud-Canon Hotel-St. Cloud Hotel

Fremont County

One of the oldest hotels in the state, the 1890s St. Cloud Hotel in Cañon City was threatened in 2012 with demolition when the corporate owner of the St. Cloud Hotel realized he could not afford to restore the deteriorating Second Empire style building.  The Future of Yesterday Foundation formed after public outcry halted the razing.

The St. Cloud Hotel on a street corner in Canon City.

The St. Cloud Hotel.

Photo courtesy of the grant application.

Originally built in 1879 in Silver Cliff, the hotel was taken apart and reconstructed in Cañon City in 1890 when mining slowed and the population began to decline.  As part of the Cañon City Downtown Historic District, the gorgeous Second Empire building is characterized by its mansard roof with dormer windows, segmental arched windows, and rough cut stones that mark the building’s edges. 


With a grant from the History Colorado State Historical Fund, The Future of Yesterday Foundation rehabilitated the roof of the deteriorated but revered building that was once a home-away-from-home for the rich movie-making industry of Cañon City’s history.


The 2016 grant rehabilitated the hotel's failing foundation and improved the safety of the building so that it may continue to serve the community on its historic Main Street.


The Future of Yesterday Foundation sought funding to implement foundation stabilization measures at the foundation as identified in SHF-funded Project 2016-01-033 to preserve this significant historic resource in Cañon City.