The Diamond Window Cabin in Stagecoach will be restored during a practical training historic preservation summer course.

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The Diamond Window Cabin in Stagecoach will be restored during a practical training historic preservation summer course.

CMC, Historic Routt County partner for preservation

Organizations promote heritage in classroom

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Registration for Towny Anderson's Historic Preservation 100 course still is open. To register, visit the front desk in Colorado Mountain College's Bristol Hall. Returning students also may register online.

The course is worth three credits, and the cost for in-district students is $45 a credit.

The class meets from 6 to 8:50 p.m. Wednesdays in Bristol Hall, Room 117.

— Tracy Barnett wants to preserve downtown Steamboat Springs for a very succinct reason: "People don't come to see big box stores."

Barnett, program manager of Mainstreet Steamboat Springs, was one of 13 students in Towny Anderson's Historic Preservation class Wednesday evening at Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus.

For Barnett, the ability to preserve and maintain historic buildings is a sound financial decision. For Anderson, executive director of Historic Routt County, teaching the class is a way to further the goals of preserving Routt County heritage.

Historic Preservation 100 is an extension of a historic preservation class started at CMC's Leadville campus by Robert Ogle.

"My motivation bringing the historic preservation program from Leadville to up here is my work with Historic Routt County and that this partnership is a wonderful way for Historic Routt County to fulfill its mission and bring the Alpine Campus into the community," Anderson said.

Students in the class will focus on the theoretical aspects involving planning and legislation, as well as the hands-on skills necessary to maintain and restore historic buildings.

Scott Geisler is a cabinet builder who owns a 110-year-old house in Salida.

For him, the course is a way to gain insight into the political process of restoring his old home.

Students will be working with Anderson in subsequent courses of the program to restore local icons. The first project will be the Diamond Window Cabin in Stagecoach. The building, definitively dated 1910 but potentially originating as early as 1888, is owned by the Colorado Division of Wildlife. That group has agreed to allow the historic preservation program to renovate the sagging roof and decaying walls as a practical training during a summer course.

Anderson said those kinds of partnerships will make the program in Steamboat a success.

"What's amazing about Steamboat, and I think what impressed Bob Ogle, is the resources we have in this community," Anderson said. "The partnership between Historic Routt County and CMC is somewhat unique."

Historic Preservation 100 is the first course available at the Steamboat campus. CMC administration and Anderson hope to expand the program to offer a full associate of applied science degree in historic preservation and a historic preservation certificate in upcoming years.

- To reach Zach Fridell, call 871-4208 or e-mail zfridell@steamboatpilot.com

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