We are the only country in the world that trashes its old buildings. Too late we realize how very much we need them.
- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Renovations, remodels, and true preservation projects (wherein the structure is restored as closely as possible to its original state) can all fall under the larger umbrella of rehabilitation. The purpose of all these efforts is to breathe new life into the old, so that it may also serve the future.
Historic Boulder holds several easements and covenants on a dozen local landmarks, in order to ensure their proper preservation for generations to come. Some examples include the façade of the Boulder Theater, the grounds and exterior of the Highland School (the City Club building), and the exterior of the Hotel Boulderado. These legal protections require periodic inspections and conversations with the building owners, and our Easement Inspection Program is one of our ongoing volunteer opportunities. We would love for you to join us!
RENOVATE OUR ARCHITECTURAL RESOURCES (R.O.A.R.)
This series of hands-on preservation training courses was led by Historic Boulder in the 1980s at the Kelso House, which was under the organization's ownership at the time. The program was so successful that people came from all over the Denver/Metro area to participate, and it attracted national attention. Historic Boulder received the prestigious Preservation Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation in recognition of R.O.A.R.
Stay tuned for news about the resurrection of this program!
PRESERVATION GRANT PROGRAM
We are currently developing a small grant program that will support owners and stewards of eligible historic properties in rehabilitation, preservation, and restoration efforts. Look out for more details soon!
SPECIAL REHABILITATION PROJECTS
We are immensely proud of the special rehabilitation projects that we have taken on in the past. We contribute in a variety of ways, depending on the project, such as historical research, grant writing, overseeing operations, engaging the community, and even hands-on construction work. Some of our past projects include the renovation and designation of The Hannah Barker House, Columbia Cemetery, Mount Saint Gertrude Academy and the Woodward-Baird House.