Steamboat Springs The city of Steamboat Springs has received confirmation of a $160,646 grant from the State Historical Fund, to be used to restore its historic power plant on 10th Street.
Winnie DelliQuadri of the city department of intergovernmental affairs said the power plant project was ranked second among 88 projects submitted to the historical fund from entities all over the state.
The power plant was dedicated as the city's first coal-fired power plant in 1900. It is being restored and incorporated into the overall campus of the city's new Centennial Hall, now under construction. Centennial Hall was designed to complement the historic building without overwhelming it.
The old power plant will house a small cafe on its first floor and the offices of the Orton Family Foundation on its second floor.
Deputy City Manager Wendy DuBord said the Centennial Hall Committee is looking for period pieces of furniture for the cafe, especially pieces with historic significance to Steamboat. The city will seek proposals from local businesses to operate the cafe, DuBord said. It's meant as a place for residents and city staff members to gather and talk.
The work of refurbishing the power plant has not begun, in part because the city was waiting for the grant to come through, DuBord said. The work will include completely replacing the roof of the building. The historic red brick will remain intact, although the mortar on the south side of the building needs replacement.
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