Nominations being accepted for endangered Colorado places

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Colorado residents are encouraged to nominate a historic place in Colorado that is currently threatened to be considered for Colorado’s Most Endangered Places list.

Any individual or organization can make a nomination. Nominations can be in response to threats to historic buildings and sites, including abandonment and neglect, development pressures, extreme weatherization and climate and other factors.

Deadline to submit a nomination is Aug. 22. Nominations can be submitted online at coloradopreservation.org/endangered-places-program-nomination-form.

Nominations can come from across Colorado — rural or within a city. A rural example is the Iglesia de San Antonio-Tiffany Catholic Church in southeastern La Plata County. This building was constructed in 1928 and conveys the story of Hispano history in the area. It was listed in 2019 and its threat when listed was demolition by neglect, vandalism, lack of resources and weatherization.

An urban nomination example is Sullivan Gateway, which is located on the north side of Colfax Avenue near Denver East High School. This structure was built in 1917 to serve as a grand entry to the City Park Esplanade. It was listed in 2012 with its threat being deterioration and vandalism.

Colorado’s Most Endangered Places list is a program of Colorado Preservation, Inc., a local nonprofit historic preservation advocacy organization that was established in 1984.

The Endangered Places program is in its 25th year. It serves to work “with local advocates to identify, preserve and interpret historic buildings, sites and resources that do so much to add variety and character to our cities, towns and rural areas,” states a news release. Since 1997, Colorado Preservation, Inc., has worked with communities throughout the state to save more than 130 nominated sites. Of these, 54 have been considered saved, 47 are in progress and 22 are on alert status. According to the press release, “only seven sites have been lost in 23 years of soliciting nominations.”

To learn more about Colorado’s Most Endangered Places list or Colorado Preservation, Inc., visit coloradopreservation.org. Specific questions about a potential nomination can be directed to Kim Grant at 303-893-4260 ext.222 or kgrant@coloradopreservation.org.

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