Find out about our current projects below. You can also learn about our Past Projects.
Howard Berkeley Park Chapel Denver Landmark Application
Wamserville West LLC has engaged Front Range to prepare a Denver Landmark application for the Howard Berkeley Park Chapel in northwest Denver. Prominent Denver architect J. Roger Musick designed the 1960 mortuary for the Howard Mortuary Company, a family-operated firm tracing its roots in Denver to 1917. The building features polychromatic terra cotta ornament, Vermont slate flooring, a chapel with cast-in-place plaster decoration, and stained glass, including a large rose window. The mortuary closed in January 2019. Its owner, SCI of Houston, Texas (planning a sale to a developer who did not want to keep the building) applied for a demolition permit. A Denver Landmark application filed by members of Historic Berkeley Regis started a process that resulted in a sale to a new owner, who pledged to adaptively reuse the building and seek landmark designation. Redemption Church Denver, the first new tenant, began holding services in the building in early March.
Keating Junior High National Register Nomination
A Pueblo group has engaged Front Range to prepare a National Register individual nomination for the former Keating Junior High School in Pueblo, Colorado. Built by School District 20 in 1927, the facility was part of the national movement to create junior high schools. It was renamed for former School Superintendent J. F. Keating, following his death in 1937.
Colorado African American Travel Resources Survey Plan
The Colorado Historical Foundation has teamed with Front Range to prepare an survey plan for historic resources associated with African American travel throughout the state of Colorado, such as the Alamo Hotel in Lamar. As documented in the Smithsonian's recent "Green Book" documentary and new books by Candacy Taylor and Gretchen Sorin, travel for African Americans during the era of segregation could be challenging and even dangerous. Published resources like Victor Green's The Negro Travelers' Green Book (1936-67), A Directory of Negro Hotels and Guest Houses (1941), Ebony magazine, and similar publications provided information on hotels, motels, guest houses, restaurants, barber shops and beauty salons that welcomed African Americans. A database of Colorado resources will be created, a historic overview created, and limited windshield survey conducted to identify extant resources and contextualize their history. The project, funded by a grant from the State Historical Fund, includes public outreach and will follow SHF's framework for survey plans.
Buena Vista Residential Survey
Front Range is beginning 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 meetings. The Town of Buena Vista engaged the firm for the project, which is funded by a State Historical Fund grant.
Quebec 01 Missile Alert Facility NHL Nomination
Front Range is preparing a National Historic Landmark nomination for the Quebec 01 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 MAF later controlled Minuteman III missiles and is the only extant MAF associated with the MX/Peacekeeper missile. Decommissioned 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 video:
Chaffee County, Colorado, National and State Register Nominations
Front Range is undertaking three National and State Register nominations for the Chaffee County Heritage Area Advisory Board (CCHAAB) and the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA). A National Register nomination will be prepared for the 1912 Maxwell Park/Mount Princeton School southwest of Buena Vista. State Register nominations will be produced for the ca. 1935 Riedel Ranch Bunkhouse west of Buena Vista and the ca. 1886-88 Irving/Fletcher/Switzer Farm, Roberts Ranch barn south of Nathrop. The resources were identified in earlier intensive historic resource surveys of the county. The project is funded by a State Historical Fund grant.
Coronado Lodge National Register Nomination
Historic Pueblo, Inc. has engaged Front Range to prepare a National Register district nomination for the Coronado Lodge (now the Coronado Motel) in Pueblo, Colorado. The nomination will be considered at the January 17, 2020 Review Board meeting. The Pueblo revival-style motel was built ca. 1940-41 to ca. 1946-48. four of the buildings feature adobe wall construction using bricks produced by Pueblo adobero Jose B. Garcia. The buildings feature projecting vigas (thought to have been harvested from trees in Beulah) and peeled log porch posts with corbels (zapatas). Beginning ca. 1946, the motel welcomed African American guests under second owners Arthur and Hattie Copley, who listed in the facility in The Green Book, a national publication identifying safe havens for African-American travelers during the era of segregation. The Pueblo Chieftain ran a recent article in which residents were asked to share their memories of the facility: Article Link
Winks Lodge National Historic Landmark Nomination
In the 1920s, Obrey Wendall "Winks" 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. 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.
Morse Park, Lakewood, Colorado, Survey Plan
The City of Lakewood, Colorado, selected Front Range to prepare a historic resources survey plan for the Morse Park neighborhood, a rectangular area in central Lakewood bounded by Wadsworth Boulevard, West Colfax Avenue, Kipling Street, and West 26th Avenue. The project is funded by an SHF grant to the City and will include development of a historic overview for the area, public meetings, and prioritizing subareas for future survey projects. The map above shows the neighborhood and its vicinity in 1899, as pictured on an extract of the W.C. Willits Farm Map of Denver.
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.
Colorado Fuel & Iron Administration Complex
National Historic Landmark Nomination
Front Range is preparing a National Historic Landmark nomination for the multi-building administrative complex of the Colorado Fuel & Iron Company in Pueblo. The 1881 CF&I plant was the earliest steel plant west of the Mississippi and the only integrated steelworks in the West until World War II. The Steelworks Center for the West is funding the project. This nomination was finalized some time ago. It is now in a queue with twenty pending NHLs awaiting the next Landmarks Committee meeting in Washington. The last LC meeting was held in the fall of 2016.
Annie Dodge Wauneka, National Historic Landmark Nomination, Apache County, Arizona
The National Collaborative for Women's History Sites selected Front Range to prepare a National Historic Landmark nomination for the 1963 Klagetoh Chapter House in northeastern Arizona for its association with Annie Dodge Wauneka. The selected property is significant under NHL Criterion 2 as a property “associated importantly with the lives of persons nationally significant in the history of the United States.” The document focuses on Annie Dodge Wauneka’s (1910-97) leadership as a member of the Navajo Tribal Council in fighting tuberculosis on the Navajo reservation during the 1950s and 1960s and her continuing service on the council through 1979. She bridged the cultural divide between traditional Navajo and Western medical practices, and the nomination explores her leadership efforts both as a woman and a Native American against the backdrop of the era. Her status as the daughter of an important Navajo chief (Henry Chee Dodge) provides an additional layer of context examined. This nomination was finalized some time ago. It is now in a queue with twenty pending NHLs awaiting the next Landmarks Committee meeting in Washington. The last LC meeting was held in the fall of 2016.