Rocky Mountain Center for Preservation is a dynamic preservation education center, headquartered in Leadville at the Healy House Museum and Dexter Cabin.
The Center will create and oversee a preservation education center, headquartered in Leadville at the Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin. The Center will create and oversee a preservation education program open to the general public, and serve as a resource for preservation information and training to homeowners, business owners, developers, students, and interested novices across the state and region.
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“Much of the charm of this unique private park lies in its smallness. The kind of smallness that distinguishes a certain square, a court, a single shaded street in every great city…” -- Polo Club Place brochure, 1960s
Construction and renovation in a historic area is a tricky game of compromise between preserving the original historic buildings and accommodating a city’s twenty-first-century needs. But those two aspects of a historic downtown don’t always have to be at odds. The recognition and celebration of historic buildings is becoming more and more common around the country, including right here in Colorado. Many towns—Golden, Florence, and Salida among them—have incorporated their downtown areas into historic districts to celebrate their heritage and promote the local economy.
Ever since its founding in 1858, Denver has served as a hub for people passing from one destination to another. Because Denver has no navigable rivers, its destiny was instead carved out by the evolution of the railroad.
Although the work involved in constructing a mountain passage initially made railroad builders wary, by 1870 both the Denver Pacific and Kansas Pacific Railways ran through town. We can experience this nexus of traffic today by visiting Union Station in Denver’s LoDo neighborhood. However, with many new buildings in this area of the city, it may take some imagination to recall what transportation looked like in this warehouse district once lined with buildings made from brick and timber.
Here are some things you might not know about Union Station that are sure to help spark your curiosity.
A neighborhood is more than just a location or a group of houses. It is a collection of people, each with their own unique experiences and recollections, who together form something greater. The collective memory of a community can be a powerful thing and it can tell important stories. Family, work, school, sports, church, and community are all recorded together in written, visual, and oral form. That is why El Pueblo History Museum is proud to host a variety of memory projects.
The history of the impact women have made in the state of Colorado is extensive. Too often, their accomplishments incited little fanfare at the time. By revisiting these overlooked triumphs, we take an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of Colorado women as well as the communities they helped shape.
We can discover inspirational stories in the places that showcase how Colorado is special. In our Do you know this place? blog series, we quiz you on what you might know about these places and then reveal what makes them unique. This month we quiz you on a place that women played a prominent role in creating and maintaining for generations of Coloradans.