Review Board Votes to Forward the St. Paul AME/First AME Church and Chaffee County Courthouse Nominations
Colorado Historic Preservation Review Board voted unanimously to forward two National Register nominations prepared by Front Range:
Today the National Park Service approved the listing of the McFadden Brothers Ranch East Headquarters north of Buena Vista, in the National Register. The ranch is associated Agriculture in northern Chaffee County, Colorado. Located at an elevation of nearly 8,500’ in the upper Arkansas River Valley, the property’s fields were part of an 1876 homestead settled by George and Julia Morrison. From 1876 to 1897 the Morrisons raised hay and livestock and cultivated field crops, irrigating the land with water from Morrison Creek. The Morrison property was among the earliest agricultural operations in the northern part of the county and, by 1891, one of the largest in terms of acreage, making it a significant influencer of agricultural practices in the area. In 1919 the property became part of William J. and Frank McFadden’s farm and ranch operation. The brothers grew up on a ranch on higher land less than a mile to the west that their father, William P. McFadden, homesteaded in 1881. In purchasing the second ranch, the McFadden Brothers doubled the size of their property, providing important additional water rights for irrigation and level fields for raising hay, thus permitting the brothers to expand their operations. The expansion of the ranch and construction of the east headquarters is representative of local ranch evolution to meet the needs and ambitions of a second generation of owners. It also reflects the continuing importance of agriculture to the county economy in the early twentieth century.
The National Register district nomination for the 86-acre McFadden Brothers East Headquarters was unanmiously approved by the Colorado Historic Preservation Review Board today. The 1920s ranch headquarters is located in northern Chaffee County 9.5 miles north of Buena Vista and includes irrigated fields, a house, bank barn, root cellar, privy, and corral building.
On May 11, 2022 the Landmarks Committee of the National Park System Advisory Board unanimously approved the National Historic Landmark nomination for the Quebec 01 Launch Control Facility north of Cheyenne, Wyoming. The site controlled nuclear armed Minuteman IB, III, and Peacekeeper missiles from 1965 to 2005 and played an important role in the US Cold War arsenal. The nomination now goes to the National Parks System Advisory Board for consideration.
The McFadden Barn (ca. 1900-01), located on a historic ranch north of Buena Vista, Colorado, was listed in the National Register March 31, 2022. The barn is significant for its architecture as 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 building features unusual joinery is clad with horizontal boards. Dendrochronological testing assisted the project in estimating the barn's date of construction.
During Black History Month 2022, the Pueblo chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) honored the Coronado Lodge for the role it played welcoming African American travelers during the era of segregation. The 1940s motel was listed in The Green Book. Front Range prepared the National Register nomination for the property, which was listed in 2020. The full account appears in the March 1, 2022 Pueblo Chieftain.
On March 2, 2022, the National Park Service announced the listing in the National Register of the former Buena Vista Ranger Station of the US Forest Service. Constructed ca. 1937 on Buena Vista's Main Street, the building served initially as an office for the Forest Ranger for the Cochetopa National Forest, which was created in 1908, and later filled a similar function for the San Isabel National Forest. The Buena Vista building is significant for its association with the administration of the national forests in Colorado and as an example of an in-town combination ranger station, containing a ranger office, storage, and a garage. The project was privately funded by the owners. The image below shows the ranger station in 1939.
The Landmarks Committee of the National Park System Advisory Board unanimously voted to forward two National Historic Landmark nominations prepared by Front Range to the Advisory Board.
Wink's Panorama, northwest of Denver, Colorado, served as a summer resort for African Americans during the era of segregation. It was built and operated by Obrey Wendell "Wink" Hamlet, an African American coal, wood, and moving entrepreneur in Denver's Five Points neighborhood. The lodge operated from May through September and drew guests from the Midwest and South. Wink's Panorama was listed in The Green Book and Ebony's guide to mountian summer resorts.
The committee also approved the nomination for the Rio Vista Bracero Reception Center in Socorro, Texas (thirteen miles southeast of El Paso on the US-Mexico border). The 11.1-acre facility initially served as the El Paso County Poor Farm starting in 1916. In 1951 the US Labor Department selected it as the site of a processing and contracting center for the Mexican Farm Labor Program, between 1951 and 1964. The bracero program was the largest alien worker programs ever undertaken by the US, comprising more than four million contracts for Mexican farmworkers, who worked in forty-six states and comprised nearly a fourth of all US agricultural workers by 1959.
The Holdsworth House/Aspenholme/Pines Lodge, northwest of Westcliffe in Custer County, Colorado, was listed in the National Register on October 15. Built in 1898, the building 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. It is also significant in the area of Entertainment/Recreation as the centerpiece of a summer resort operated by the Cusack family from 1911 to 1941.
UPDATE: September 17--DOD advised today that most virtual tours, including this one, will not be offered due to technical issues. Tom Simmons, Front Range principal and a member of Historic Berkeley Regis (HBR), will participate October 11, 2021 in a Doors Open Denver virtual tour of the Howard Berkeley Park Chapel, a 1960 funeral home designed by Denver architect J. Roger Musick. HBR played a significant role in saving the building from demolition in 2019, and Front Range prepared a Denver Landmark application for the new owners in 2020. The building now houses Redemption Church Denver, as well as a Montessori school and an events center. More information and ticketing is available at the link below:
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