Volunteers needed for restoration work on historic Lincoln building

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— People who would like to try their hand at historic preservation can get involved in a work day at the old Routt National Bank Building this morning. Volunteers will be put to work scraping stucco off of brick and extracting loose mortar from between the bricks, said city historic preservation specialist Laureen Schaffer.

The work is expected to continue until at least noon, and volunteers are welcome to show up with a nylon brush and pitch in. After the volunteers have completed their task, the old brick mortar will be professionally repaired.

The bank building at the corner of Eighth Street and Lincoln Avenue downtown is undergoing historic renovation this spring, thanks in part to a state grant.

The work being undertaken by the local owners involved removing a cedar-shingle mansard roof and stark white stucco that for years have hidden the old brick, native sandstone and arched windows that were the building's signature when it was built in 1919. Steamboat ski pioneer Carl Howelsen was the stone mason who helped to build the original building.

Pat McClelland is the managing partner of a group that owns the street-level portion of the building. The upstairs is owned by the Masonic Lodge.

Together, the building's owners landed a grant of $73,700 from the Colorado Historic Preservation Fund to cover almost half the cost of the renovation. Winnie DelliQuadri of the city of Steamboat Springs was instrumental in the grant process.

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