The National Park Service Washington office approved the National Register nomination for the Dodge-Hamlin House on 3 December 2014. Located on the campus of Colorado College, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the 1916 Mission Revival-style house was erected by prominent newspaper publisher and Progressive Party leader Clarence P. Dodge. Crusading anti-Ku Klux Klan publisher Clarence C. Hamlin resided in the house from 1923 until his death in 1940. In addition to its historical associations, the house is significant for its architecture and landscape architecture, as a work of local master architect Nicolaas van den Arend. The intact residential landscape reflects City Beautiful concepts espoused by van den Arend.
Front Range staff has organized a session at the 2015 Saving Places Conference in Denver of Colorado Preservation Inc.: “Survey and Nomination of a Rural Historic Landscape District: Along the Tarryall in Park County.” It will be presented on 5 February, Thursday, 4:00-5:15pm. Speakers will include: Linda Balough, Director, Park County Department of Heritage, Tourism and Community Development and Executive Director of the South Park National Heritage Area, Fairplay; Jonathon C. Horn, Principal Investigator and Founder of Alpine Archaeological Consultants, Inc., Montrose; and Thomas H. Simmons, Architectural Historian and Founder of Front Range Research Associates, Inc., Denver.
Documenting and nominating a large rural historic landscape district is one of the most complex challenges preservationists face. In this session, we will explore the magnificent setting and rich history of Park County’s Tarryall Rural Historic Landscape District, which includes some of Colorado’s oldest high-altitude ranches, one-room schools, cemeteries, a townsite, a reservoir, and a multitude of architectural, archaeological, and landscape components along one of the state’s oldest roads. Groundbreaking in its scope, this multi-year effort to study the 39-mile-long district began in 1995 with a major cultural resource inventory project. A series of surveys and an examination of the area’s National Register district potential followed, culminating in a 2014 nomination. The presentation will include an overview of the environment and historic resources of the district and discussion of local government sponsorship, responsibilities, and management of large rural historic landscape projects; the importance of assessing archaeological potential at historic sites where standing buildings are perceived as the most important elements; and some of the approaches and techniques developed to build on information resulting from the survey projects and craft the nomination.
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