Find out about our current projects below. You can also learn about our Past Projects.
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.
Trinidad, Colorado, Survey Plan
The southern Colorado city of Trinidad chose Front Range to prepare a historic resources survey plan to guide future survey efforts. Tasks include determining previously surveyed and designated resources, public meetings, a windshield survey, and recommending areas for future surveys projects. Front Range previously completed an intensive survey of 278 buildings in the Corazon de Trinidad historic district in 2001-02. Joining front Range in the project is Erika Warzel of Clerestory Preservation of Denver. The project is funded by a Certified Local Government grant.
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 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.