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Stephen H. Hart Awards for Historic Preservation

Presented by Holland and Hart

Stephen H. Hart Award

Stephen H. Hart Awards

The significance of the Stephen H. Hart Awards has evolved over the years; yet, the sole purpose is to recognize Colorado’s great history through outstanding archaeology and historic preservation projects.

The Stephen H. Hart Awards celebrates and recognizes exemplary projects in archaeology and historic preservation across the state. Each project contributes innovated techniques and advances in the preservation field through in-depth research and proper techniques while honoring historic design and craftsmanship.

Since 1986, History Colorado has recognized the State’s first Preservation Officer, Stephen H. Hart. Mr. Hart was a trailblazer in the field of law and how it could influence preservation in Colorado. Without Stephen Hart’s dedication to Colorado’s history, many sites would not be here today. Each project is a continued celebration of the work that Stephen Hart accomplished.

About Holland & Hart LLP

The law firm of Holland & Hart LLP is once again generously sponsoring this annual ceremony, in tribute to its founding partner Stephen H. Hart (1908-1993), who served as Colorado’s first State Historic Preservation Officer. Holland & Hart is a full-service law firm that has nearly 500 lawyers across eight states and in Washington, D.C., delivering integrated legal solutions to regional, national, and international clients of all sizes in a diverse range of industries.

Award Recipients

Each year History Colorado staff submits nominations for projects that meet expectations of a Stephen H. Hart Award. Final approval is provided by History Colorado leadership.  The 2022 Hart Award celebration has been rescheduled from February 7th, 2022 to Tuesday, April 19th, 2022.  You can RSVP through the link below.

2022 Award Winners

This year five projects from around the state were chosen to receive an award. 

  • Governor’s Award: Wright Opera House
  • State Historic Preservation Officer Award: La Alma Lincoln Park Local District Designation
  • State Archaeologist Award: Haycamp Mesa Historic Cultural Landscape
  • History Colorado Board Award: African American Travel and Recreation Resource Survey
  • People's Choice Award: The Haynie Site

Learn More

Watch all the 2022 Stephen H. Hart Award videos on the History Colorado YouTube channel.

2022 Awardee Videos

Past Award Recipients

Learn more about past Stephen H. Hart Award winners here.