Friday, May 24, 2019
Congratulations to the Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project (lovingly known as MORP), for working to preserve these wonderful old trees that were planted in McElmo Canyon in the shadow of the Sleeping Ute Mountain.
Friday, August 31, 2018
Thursday, August 3, 2017
Wow, the Federal Historic Tax Credit program is really thriving. The National Park Service recently released figures for tax credit activity between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016. Tax credit activity hit a record $1.2 billion in certified credits, which is an increase of 32 percent over the previous year. The Historic Tax Credit program is associated with the creation of 109,000 jobs, with a $6.2 billion impact on the gross domestic product.
Friday, October 14, 2016
|The Western Colorado Power Company office building in Durango is now home to the Durango Coffee Company|
Historic buildings convey an authentic sense of the community's history and character. They are billboards for the roots of the community and they tend to attract entrepreneurial and creative industries. Real estate studies show that historic buildings in and near historic districts are valued at about 20% higher than their counterparts.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation-a long time advocate of rehabilitating historic buildings-has a program called "Reurbanism" that champions adaptive reuse of historic buildings. Two of their ten principals are;
Older places provide the distinctiveness and character that engender success. Older buildings give cities a sense of identity, history, and authenticity—which is the most important competitive advantage they can have in today’s economy.
Older neighborhoods are economic engines. Research shows that neighborhoods with a mix of older and newer buildings perform better along a number of social, economic, cultural, and environmental metrics than areas with only new buildings.
If you want to learn more about Re-urbanism, click on this link National Trust Reurbanism. Architect Rick Feeney just shared a great article about this movement in Denver. This link at Colorado Biz will take you to the article.
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Al Harper, the owner of the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is dressed in period clothes as he welcomes visitors to the celebration of the restoration of his Grand Imperial Hotel.
|Brr-Glad we brought our down coats.|
|New wallpaper and carpet in this glamorous lobby. Don't you love the portrait of |
starlet Lillian Russell on the wall?
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
|KSJD Public Radio broadcasts from the historic Montezuma Valley Bank and Store in Cortez, Colorado|
On Friday, May 6, KSJD Radio will air a short interview I did with Tom Yoder about historic preservation and the ongoing historic building survey in Cortez, Colorado. They told me the interview will air on Friday during a break in NPR's Morning Edition at 7:30am (MDT). You can stream KSJD at ksjd.org . Click onto the Listen Live" button on their website.
Friday, April 8, 2016