Projects honored as the best in historic preservation

January 10, 2014 Updated: January 10, 2014 at 12:10 pm
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File photo of the Peterson Air Park at Peterson Air Force Base. U.S. Air Force photo

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: 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

Endangered Places
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

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