Hayden Hayden has a range of historical assets, architect Jan Kaminski told residents and history enthusiasts Tuesday.
Kaminski, of Mountain Architecture-Design Group, presented to Hayden residents the results of a Historic Routt County Cultural Resources Survey. The project focused on commercial buildings of historical significance in Hayden.
Kaminski's team came up with one that is eligible for national recognition, two that are eligible for state recognition and 14 that are eligible for county recognition. It's up to Hayden groups and residents, as well as Historic Routt County, to pursue those designations.
"It's like a first step in identifying what we have for historic resources in downtown Hayden," said Towny Anderson, executive director of Historic Routt County.
The Solandt Memorial Hospital is eligible for the National Register of Historical Places, Kaminski said. The Hayden granary, now Yampa Valley Feeds, and the former Starr Mercantile, now a log furniture store at Jefferson Avenue and Walnut Street, are eligible for the state register, he said.
Churches, the old American Legion post and businesses along Walnut and other streets are eligible for the local register, Kaminski said. The Hayden Depot, which houses the Hayden Heritage Center, already is on the national register.
Kaminski said he thinks the Hayden Congregational Church should be on the state register. State historical officials said the structure's design had been compromised. Kaminski also noted that it is tough to get churches on state and national registers.
"It's a great local resource that should be on the local register," he said.
He suggested that Hayden consider creating a local historical district. That would require an OK from the Routt County Board of Commissioners, Kaminski said.
Steamboat Springs resident Arianthe Stettner attended Tuesday's noon meeting to see the fruits of her work. She started pushing the Hayden survey in 2005 or 2006, when she was executive director of Historic Routt County. A grant from the State Historical Fund paid for much of the study.
Kaminski looked at the integrity and historic importance of the 28 buildings in the study, also examining how they related to Hayden's growth. His report will go to Hayden Town Hall and the Hayden Heritage Center, among other locations.
"All I've provided is a jumping-off point, a building block for you guys to move forward," Kaminski said.
Stettner took a moment at the end of the meeting, which was at the Haven Community Center, to praise locals who work on historic preservation and documentation.
"There are a lot of people who have really been dedicated to preserving Hayden's history," Stettner said, noting that many of those people were present, including Donna Hellyer, Pat Holderness, Connie Todd and Mary Pat Dunn. Kaminski also touted the work of Jan Leslie, Judy Green and others.
Now that historically significant buildings have been identified, residents must work together to protect them, Stettner said.
"History looks permanent, but it's really fragile," she said.