When the 2017 legislative session commences on January 11th, 28 freshman legislators will be sworn in to office. Ten of these individuals have served in the legislature before holding either a different seat or losing a past election and then winning back their district in this election. This means that eighteen legislators have never served under the gold dome before. Colorado Preservation Inc is excited at the opportunity to build relationships and new preservation champions within this freshman class.
CPI would also like to give special recognition to an outgoing senator and an outgoing representative who persistently advocated for policies that directly benefited and furthered the preservation cause at the state level.
Democrat Senator Pat Steadman is leaving the legislature after serving the central Denver Metro area for seven years. His district (SD 31) contains many historic properties, including commercial buildings, churches, and homes.
While he served on the Joint Budget Committee he ensured during tough budget times that the State Historical Fund was not raided for any unintended purpose and also helped find funding from the state’s General Fund to complete the rehabilitation of the State Capitol Dome, which had the effect of releasing an additional $5 million in State Historical Fund monies for grants.
Senator Steadman was the Senate sponsor of the Colorado Job Creation and Main Street Revitalization Act (HB14-1311), the first Colorado specific tax credit for historic commercial properties throughout the state. His strong relationships on both sides of the aisle and intricate knowledge of the budget was a huge asset in determining the appropriate funding source for the credit in tough budget times.
Republican Representative Tim Dore served in the House for 4 years, and represented HD 64, one of the largest districts in the House covering north from Washington County to Baca County in the south and west to Las Animas County. Representative Dore came to the Capitol with a commitment to bring economic activity to rural main street communities in his district. Representative Dore was the prime sponsor of the Colorado Job Creation and Main Street Revitalization Act in 2014. He helped highlight the economic activity these projects could bring to struggling cities and towns throughout Colorado. He was active in promoting and showcasing the positive impacts seen as a result of State Historical Fund grants and quickly became our go-to legislator whenever a preservation issue arose at the Capitol.
The knowledge and commitment to preservation brought by both elected officials will be tremendously missed. Colorado Preservation Inc. wishes Senator Steadman and Representative Dore the very best as they embark on new endeavors and sends a sincere thank you for all their hard work during their time in the legislature.
CPI thanks Capstone Group, History Colorado and our many partners in legislative advocacy across the state.
Peeling Back the Layers: Inside the Historic Restoration of the Colorado State Capitol House and Senate Chambers
The need for a simple radiator repair within Colorado's State Capitol House and Senate Chambers, ultimately set in motion a complex restoration project that opened up long obscured skylights, revealed beautiful hand-painted stencils, and in the words of Lance Shepherd, the manager of design and construction programs at the office of the state architect, "returned the stateliness to the chambers."
In 2013, the State selected Anderson Hallas Architects to oversee the restoration, which included the updating of acoustics, lighting and AV systems within the two chambers. While the attached before and after images reveal the dramatic changes achieved by the design-build team led by Spectrum General Contractors, the story of how this incredible historic restoration was actually accomplished has yet to be told.
With History Colorado overseeing the designers' recommendations every step of the way, the process evolved as site walks, findings reports, treatment recommendations, in situ mock-ups, and reviews became the norm. As the team began to remove the no-frills, 1950s-era acoustical tiles covering the walls and ceilings, long rumored magnificent works of decorative art dating back to the capital's original 1905 construction were discovered. With the assistance of Built Environment Evolution, a restoration specialist, the panels' original colors, materials and details were identified, along with the best process for recreating and restoring them in the most historic way possible.
After the original hidden 30-foot by 30-foot ornate skylights (recessed within the attic space just above the acoustical panel ceilings) were revealed, Anderson Hallas asked AE Design to join the team. The 11,500 square foot interior restoration project—a 2016 AIA Colorado Award of Merit for Commercial / Institutional projects recipient—required an integrated lighting solution that included design expertise as well as electrical engineering.
AE Design's lighting expertise moved front and center when it was discovered that the removal of the panels covering the concealed skylights reduced the number of available light fixture openings by half. To keep the building's historic integrity intact, AE Design worked hard to maintain pre-restoration light levels without adding any new fixture openings.
"Because preserving the historical integrity of the spaces was less of a priority when the false, drop ceiling was installed," shares Bryan Jass, project designer at AE Design, "our task was to upgrade and add the appropriate level of lighting without taking away from the beauty of the original skylights."
Also, because dozens of one-inch holes had been drilled into the original vaulted panels surrounding the two skylights (for the acoustical panel suspension cables), AE Design was tasked with designing a lighting solution that appeared original, but without adding any new holes. "Because this was an important historic restoration for the State, we were not allowed to touch the original fabric," explains Vannessa Pederson, the project's lighting designer. "That not only applied to the skylight restorations, but the work surfaces below them as well."
The two 50-foot tall chandeliers, which were originally gas powered, were also found to be in great disrepair and out of compliance with modern day UL-listed electrical code. AE Design sourced a restoration company in St. Louis, Missouri where the huge chandeliers were completely dissembled. The fixtures were retrofitted with modern light bulbs, and most of the original glass globes had to be custom recreated.
According to the historical architects at Anderson Hallas, a few of the original chandelier globes, which were beautifully etched with the State Seal, were rescued from a second-hand shop by a State employee. Because the cost of recreating the globes was cost prohibitive, replacement was limited to keeping the shape and translucence, but not the etching. The level of detail the lighting designers engaged in, included figuring out the exact light level needed with each particular type of glass etching.
AE Design was also tasked with replacing all downlighting. Because the chambers' ceilings are concrete, the team was not allowed to drill cores for new fixtures, so to provide lighting that equaled the previous level of foot candles, they used bright, highly efficient, precisely directed fixtures to update the original 1950s-era lighting.
Article prepared for CPI's newsletter by Jon Brooks & Jeff Mullikin, Founding Principals of AE Design, Inc.
|Creating Place Value, Protecting Endangered Sites, and Lunch: All at the 2017 Saving Places Conference
This year, your registration to the Saving Places Conference comes with entry to Thursday's always popular Endangered Places Luncheon! The 2017 luncheon is shaping up to be the best ever as we gear up to celebrate both the 20th anniversary of the Saving Places Conference and the Endangered Places Program. As always, we'll reveal the newly listed Endangered Places and announce the sites recently deemed SAVED, but in addition, we've secured an exciting speaker for this year's luncheon!
Clark Anderson, Executive Director of Community Builders out of Glenwood Springs, Colorado, will be joining us to talk about the importance of historic preservation in creating place value. Clark has helped cities and towns across the Western US align their planning, economic development and natural resource goals. He specializes in helping communities createa shared vision for the future and his presentation is guaranteed to inspire luncheon attendees and address the challenges and opportunities specific to Coloradans engaged in historic preservation.
We'll see you at the 2017 Endangered Places Luncheon at the Saving Places Conference Feb. 1-4. To see the full schedule online, click here. Early bird registration ends Friday, Dec. 23 (less than one month away!).
Click here to register.
D&RGW Depot in Antonito Gettin a Long-Awaited Facelift
The Denver and Rio Grande Western Depot is not only one of Antonito’s greatest historic assets, it is also key to the ongoing revitalization of the town itself. This station, constructed out of quarried ashlar volcanic stone, served the town of Antonito and the surrounding communities as a social and economic hub until 1951. Its importance is highlighted by the interesting fact that all of Antonito’s original buildings were constructed to face the station!
When listed on Colorado Preservation’s Most Endangered Places list in 2007, the depot had been vacant for over 50 years with neglect and deferred maintenance taking its toll. In 2016, Colorado Preservation, the Town of Antonito and the Sangre de Christo National Heritage Area partnered to obtain a State Historical Fund grant for restoration work.
Preservation work began in late summer 2016 to repair and restore windows, doors, and woodwork, replace the roof and rebuild the chimneys. Schuber-Darden Architects and Empire Carpentry are completing the restoration using local contractors and Colorado Preservation is delighted to be providing grants administration.
It is anticipated that the project will be done within the next couple of months. Once complete, the Town will seek out a suitable occupant to bring new life to the depot and once again showcase this significant and proud place in the Town of Antonito.
Emerson Gives Happy Hour - This Thursday, Dec. 1
Join your friends at the Emerson School Building for a happy hour on Thursday, December 1! CPI is partnering with the Colorado Water Trust, CASA Denver, Downtown Colorado, In., and Historic Denver to host this fun and free event, and celebrate the 2016 Colorado Gives Day!
On Dec. 1 from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. we'll have music, food and drinks! Stop by to visit with CPI staff and friends! RSVP on Facebook to let us know you'll be attending!
Colorado Gives Day: Tuesday, Dec. 6
Mark your calendars and make plans to support CPI on Colorado Gives Day! Your donation will help us to protect Colorado's heritage and save the places that matter for future donations. Click here to visit CPI's ColoradoGives page. You can schedule your doantion starting on November 1!
Jennifer Orrigo Charles
Preservation Services Director
Events, Development & Membership Director
Elizabeth Hallas, Chair