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.
The Colorado State Register Review Board recommended listing the Greeley Ice and Storage Company building in the State Register of Historic Properties on 18 September 2015. The History Colorado Board of Directors approved the listing the following week. The 1930/1939 two- and three-story industrial is significant for its history and architecture.
The National Park Service announced that seven Chaffee County resources had been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Included are: the William and Anna Fay House and Kelley/ McDonald House in Buena Vista; the Rock Ledge/Franzel Ranch west of Buena Vista; the Commercial Hotel in Granite; the Pedro/Botz House in Smeltertown near Salida; the Salida Livestock Commission Company east of Salida; and the Comanche Drive-In Theater west of Buena Vista. The Comanche was listed on August 3rd and the other six on July 27th. The 1967 Comanche Drive-In is only the fifth drive-in to be listed in the National Register in the entire country. Front Range undertook the project for the Greater Arkansas Nature Association with funding from the State Historical Fund.
Front Range has provided an image of Bastien's Restaurant in Denver, Colorado, to Cook's Country magazine for use in its August-September 2015 issue. Bastien's famous Sugar Steak is being featured in a sidebar. Front Range prepared a National Register nomination for the 1958 Googie-style restaurant in 2009.
This past Friday (15 May) the Colorado Historic Preservation Review Board in Denver approved eight National Register of Historic Places nominations prepared by Front Range. One was a Multiple Property Documentation Form for Park County Cemeteries (Park County, Colorado). The document provides a historic context, describes cemetery types, and sets registration requirements for assessing National Register eligibility for cemeteries in the county.
The remaining seven individual and district nominations were for properties in Chaffee County, Colorado, including: the Comanche Drive-In Theater and Rock Ledge/Franzel Ranch (Buena Vista vicinity); the Kelley/McDonald House and Fay House (Buena Vista); the Commercial Hotel (Granite); and the Pedro/Botz House and Salida Livestock Commission Company (Salida vicinity). The diverse group of resources included nineteenth century houses, a hotel/stagestop, a 1967 drive-in theater, a 1958 livestock sale barn and corral complex, an 1880s ranch/farm, and a ca. 1904 house associated with eastern European workers at the Ohio and Colorado Smelter near Salida. The nominations will be forwarded for review by the National Park Service in Washington.
Today, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis announced the designation of Lake Hotel in Yellowstone National Park and four other resources as National Historic Landmarks. Director Jarvis noted “National historic landmarks preserve some of our nation’s most remarkable places and demonstrate the power of partnerships between the National Park Service and historic property owners. These new landmarks offer opportunities for more Americans to make personal connections with our nation’s cultural and historical heritage and have the potential to drive tourism and boost local economies.” National Historic Landmarks recognize places that possess exceptional value and quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States. The press release included this description:
Lake Hotel, Yellowstone National Park, Teton County, Wyoming. Initially constructed in 1891, the Lake Hotel was entirely reconceived in the first decades of the 20th century as a grand resort hotel displaying the Colonial Revival style as adapted to the context of a national park in the western United States. Located on the north shore of Yellowstone Lake, the hotel expansion and redesign was spearheaded by noted architect Robert C. Reamer.
Laurie and Tom Simmons presented the results of the Park County Cemetery Multiple Property Documentation Form project at a public meeting at the Fairplay Community Center in Fairplay on 18 March. The PowerPoint presentation discussed the types of county cemeteries identified (town, community, and family) and noted cemetery characteristics, including markers, iconography, and grave enclosure fencing.
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