Find out about our current projects below. You can also learn about our Past Projects.
McFadden Barn, Buena Vista, Colorado vicinity, National Register Nomination
A National Register individual nomination is being prepared by Front Range for the McFadden Barn (ca. 1890-1920s), located on a historic ranch north of Buena Vista. The side gable roof barn retains historic integrity and features a log frame with unusual joinery and horizontal board wall cladding. The building is a very good example of a large bank (or sidehill) barn, with three sides built into the slope of the land (providing access to the main level of the building) and the fourth side affording access to the barn’s lower level. The barn is evaluated as significant for its Architecture and its association with Agriculture. Dendrochronological testing will assist the project estimating the barn's date of construction.
USFS Ranger Station, Buena Vista, Colorado, National Register Nomination
Front Range is preparing a National Register individual nomination for the US Forest Service ranger station on East Main Street in Buena Vista, Colorado. Constructed ca. 1937 -39, it served as an office for the Forest Ranger for the (then) Cochetopa National Forest, which was created in 1908. It is a significant for its association with the administration of the national forests in Colorado and as an example of an in-town ranger station. The project is privately funded by the owner.
Morrison/McFadden Brothers Ranch Headquarters National Register Nomination, Buena Vista, Colorado Vicinity
Located on a historic 1870s-1880s ranch about town miles north of Buena Vista, a cluster of six ranch buildings will be nominated as a National Register historic district. The small headquarters complex includes a house, shed, root cellar, privy, and barn and is evaluated as significant for its Architecture and association with Agriculture. Dendrochronological testing will assist the project in dating the construction era of one log building.
Pines Lodge National Register Nomination
Front Range is preparing a National Register individual nomination for Pines Lodge, northwest of Westcliffe in Custer County, Colorado. Built in 1898, the Holdsworth House/Aspenholme, Pines Lodge is significant for its architecture as an intact example of a Shingle-style residence in a mountain resort setting. The building is further significant in the area of Ethnic Heritage/European for its association with British members of the “English Colony” near Westcliffe, Custer County, Colorado, who brought British cultural traditions to the area beginning in the 1870s and extending into the first decades of the twentieth century.
Buena Vista Residential Survey
Front Range is conducting an intensive, selective historic buildings survey of thirty residential properties in Buena Vista, Colorado. The resources to be surveyed are located in areas north and south of East Main Street. The survey forms will discuss the architecture and history of each property. The project includes two public (virtual) meetings. The Town of Buena Vista engaged the firm for the project, which is funded by a State Historical Fund grant.
Quebec 01 Launch Control Center/Missile Alert Facility NHL Nomination
Front Range is preparing a National Historic Landmark nomination for the Quebec 01 Launch Control Center/Missile Alert Facility (MAF) north of Cheyenne, Wyoming in Laramie County. The nationally significant Cold War facility was constructed in 1964 and initially controlled ten Minuteman I missiles in underground silos miles distant. The LCF later controlled Minuteman III missiles and is the only extant LCF associated with the Peacekeeper missile. Following decommissioning of the latter missile in 2005, Quebec 01 is now a Wyoming State Park. Front Range is preparing the nomination for the National Park Service and the State of Wyoming. See visitor introduction video:
Wink's Panorama National Historic Landmark Nomination
In the 1920s-1930s, Obrey Wendell "Wink" Hamlet of Denver erected a mountain lodge and other facilities in Gilpin County, Colorado, as a haven for African Americans seeking a venue for rest and recreation in the era of segregation. Wink's Panorama was listed in Ebony magazine's vacation destinations in the 1950s and in the Green Book travel guide. Historic Winks Lodge LLC chose Front Range to prepare a National Historic Landmark nomination for the lodge and the associated Honeymoon Cabin. The project also includes a number of oral history interviews with persons knowledgeable of the activities and operations of Winks Lodge. Marilyn Martorano of Martorano Consultants LLC is collaborating on the project. The National Park Service provided funding for the nomination.
Rio Vista Bracero Reception Center NHL, Phase 2
Front Range is completing Phase 2 of a project to prepare a National Historic Landmark nomination for the Rio Vista Bracero Reception Center in Socorro, Texas. The center was operated by the US Department of Labor from 1951 to 1964 to house a program that brought Mexican farm laborers into the United States. The Rio Vista complex previously served as the El Paso County Poor Farm and in 1935-36 received nineteen adobe buildings built for the Texas Transient Bureau and the Works Projects Administration. Phase 1 included fieldwork and photography at the site, historical research, and oral history interviews. Phase 2 will produce a completed NHL nomination. Professor Yolanda Leyva of the University of Texas El Paso is assisting Front Range. The project is being undertaken for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which named Rio Vista a National Treasure in 2016.