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.
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.
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