Published: January 10, 2014
The best in "creative stewardship of historic assets" are honored each year by The Historic Preservation Alliance of Colorado Springs, a citizen nonprofit formed in 1999 to preserve what is considered this area's irreplaceable heritage.
The awards salute team efforts pulling together owners, architects, contractors, planners, engineers, landscapers and dreamers who bring these projects to reality.
Five projects and one notable runner-up were judged the best of 2013 by Wade Broadhead of the Pueblo Land Use Commission who has been involved with preservation at the national, state and local levels.
Excellence in Residential Restoration
The Mitchell Residence, 802 E. San Miguel St.
Owner: Sue Mitchell
Architects: Mark Tremmel Design and Gregg Conforti Architects
General contractor: Skeet Dodder
Excellence in Civil Restoration
Peterson Air Force Base Museum and Grounds Restoration, 150 E. Ent Ave.
The Air Park was designed "to pay homage to historic pre-World War II structures as well as historic aircraft."
Architect: Higginbotham/Briggs & Associates
General contractor: 21st Civil Engineer Squadron
Landscape architect: Thomas and Thomas
Chief of base planning: Al Rohr
Excellence in Commercial Restoration
Ivywild School Neighborhood Center, 1604 S. Cascade Ave.
A vital mixed-use, business and community center developed from a closed elementary school.
Owner: Ivywild School Inc.
Architect: Fennell Group
General contractor: Murphy Constructors
Website: facebook.com/Ivywild School
Excellence in Compatible New Construction (in an historic area)
Cheryl Schlessman Bennett Children's Center, 909 N. Nevada Ave.
Modern children's center amid historic college buildings
Owner: Colorado College
Architect: CSNA Architects
General contractor: Wells & West
Landscape architect: NES Inc.
Excellence in (Historic Preservation) Stewardship
Penrose Hospital Tuberculosis Hut Restoration, corner of Cascade Avenue and Jackson Street
Fully restored tuberculosis hut, also called a tent cottage, used by early-day patients who came to the area to recuperate. Furnished with early 20th-century antiques.
Owner: Penrose Hospital
General contractor: GE Johnson Construction
Excellence in Stewardship Runner-Up
Old North End Historic Looking Street Signs
A joint project of the city of Colorado Springs and Old North End Neighborhood, developed after federal requirements required street signs to be more legible. Took into consideration the history of the area.
Engineering: David Krauth
Sign shop traffic engineer: Pete Doyle and Shaun Lucero
Initiative and design: ONEN Historic Preservation Committee
Historical Preservation Alliance of Colorado Springs lists these properties deserving special attention and potentially endangered historical places within the Colorado Springs area.
• Barn at Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind, 33 N. Institute St.
• Clark Mellen Terrace Apartments, 218 E. Fountain Blvd.
• City Utilities Building, 18-20 S. Nevada Ave.
• Colorado Springs City Auditorium, 221 E Kiowa St
• Weber-Wahsatch Historic District, St. Vrain to Del Norte streets
• Johnny’s Navajo Hogan, 2817 N. Nevada Ave
• Historic medians