Last Sunday, June 11th, dozens of property owners and residents gathered at Bryce and Suzy Kelly's ranch southwest of Buena Vista to celebrate the listing of twelve Chaffee County, Colorado, properties in the National Register of Historic Places. Front Range prepared the nominations for the Greater Arkansas Nature Association and the Chaffee County Heritage Area Advisory Board under two State Historical Fund grant projects. The nominated properties included historic ranches, a drive in theater, hotel, livestock auction complex, rodeo grounds constructed by the WPA, and dwellings. Melanie Roth emceed the festivities. History Colorado staff members Erika Warzel and Amy Unger were present, as well as Alison Ramsey of GARNA and Laurie and Tom Simmons of Front Range.
On May 16th the Lakewood Historic Preservation Commission unanimously recommended that the O'Kane Farm met the requirements for listing as a local landmark. The application will now move on to consideration by the City Council. The farm was long associated with Irish immigrants Bernard "Barney" and Elizabeth O'Kane, who operated the Harp Dairy at the farm. Front Range undertook the project for the City with funding from a Certified Local Government grant from History Colorado.
In April 2017 the National Park Service announced the approval of the Park County, Colorado, Historic Cemeteries Multiple Property Documentation Form. Como Cemetery, an 1887 burial ground serving the railroad town of Como, was listed under the cover document. Park County funded the project.
Three Chaffee County, Colorado, properties were listed in the National Register on 27 March, including Cleora Cemetery near Salida and the Nachtrieb/Kelly and Smith/Friskey ranches in the vicinity of Buena Vista. The project was conducted by Front Range for the Greater Arkansas Nature Association (GARNA) under a grant from the State Historical Fund.
Today, the Painted Desert Community Complex became one of 24 new National Historic Landmarks announced by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. She remarked that "the new designations depict different threads of the American story that have been told through activism, architecture, music, and religious observance. Their designation ensures future generations have the ability to learn from the past as we preserve and protect the historic value of these properties and the more than 2,500 other landmarks nationwide.”
Front Range prepared the nomination for the 20.3-acre complex in northeast Arizona, which serves as the headquarters for Petrified Forest National Park. The 1961-65 multi-building Mission 66-complex was designed in the International style by architects Richard J. Neutra and Robert E. Alexander of Los Angeles.
The National Park Service announced on November 18, 2016 that Pine Hall (top) in Granite, Colorado, and the Head Lettuce Day/Collegiate Peaks Stampede Rodeo Grounds (bottom) in Buena Vista had been listed in the National Register of Historic Places on November 7. The nominations were prepared under a project sponsored by the Greater Arkansas Nature Association with funding from the State Historical Fund. The nominations were approved by the State Review Board in September; three additional project nominations will be considered by the board in January.
On October 18, 2016, the National Historic Landmarks Committee unanimously approved the nomination for the Painted Desert Community Complex at Petrified Forest National Park in northeastern Arizona. Master architects Richard Neutra and Robert Alexander designed the 1960s multi-building complex, including a visitor center, school, employee quarters, and other buildings as part of the Park Service's Mission 66 program. Tom Simmons presented the nomination to the committee in Washington, DC. The nomination now proceeds to the National Park System Advisory Board for consideration.
Tom Simmons of Front Range led a Columns and Coffee tour of the 1922 Divine Science Church, E. 14th Avenue and Williams Street, Denver, on 18 June 2016. Designed by architect Jacques Benedict, the church tour was sponsored by the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art tour. Tom and Laurie Simmons of Front Range prepared the 2004 Multiple Property Documentation Form for the architect's works.
The Colorado State Review Board approved the Broomfield Denver & Interurban Railroad/Colorado & Southern Railway Depot for listing in the State Register at its 15 January meeting. The recommendation was approved by the History Colorado Board of Directors the following week. The Review Board also voted to forward the National Register nomination for the Colorado Sanitary Canning Company building in Brighton to the Keeper in Washington. Large contingents from both communities attended the meeting. The Broomfield group is shown below.
Tom Simmons of Front Range attended the first day of the Traditional Building Conference in Denver on 5 October. Held at historic St. Cajetan's Church on the Auraria Campus, the conference featured presenters from around the nation and the local area. Topics included Infill Construction in Historic Settings, Sympathetic Additions to Historic and Existing Buildings, and National Heritage Areas.
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