Want to save a Colorado historic site? Nominate it for this list

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By Margaret Jackson / NewsBreak Denver

For the past 25 years, Colorado Preservation Inc. has saved historic sites across the state from demise through its Endangered Places Program, which is accepting nominations for inclusion on the list of threatened places.

The Endangered Places Program is often the catalyst for resources to advance from threatened to successful preservation projects.

Site selection considers the significance, urgency of the threat, level of community support, what a “save” would look like for the property and how Colorado Preservation Inc. can help.

The deadline for nominations is 4 p.m. Aug. 22.

Colorado Preservation Inc. works with residents to identify, preserve and save endangered historic sites.

Colorado’s Most Endangered Places include 130 historic sites across the state, 54 of which have been saved. Another 47 are in the process of being preserved, and 22 are on alert status. Seven sites have been lost.

Making the list

Last year, three sites made the Most Endangered Places list:

  • 46 historic bridges statewide. Colorado Preservation is working with the Colorado Department of Transportation to preserve as many as 20 of the bridges, which date from 1888 to 1973 and still carry traffic.
  • Lafayette Head Home & Ute Indian Agency in Conejos County played an essential role in the founding and early history of Colorado. Architect Ron Rael, professor of architecture at the University of California-Berkeley, leads the effort to preserve the building.
  • Winter Park Balcony House, the ski area’s original base lodge, is slated for demolition under a 2009 master plan for the base area. Listing on Colorado’s Most Endangered places could be a catalyst for discussions with Alterra Mountain Co. about preserving the building.

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