Community Agriculture Alliance: Celebrate Preservation Month with Historic Routt County
May 4, 2017
Happy May, everyone! May is Preservation Month, so Historic Routt County is taking the opportunity to celebrate the historic places that make our community unique and spotlight the preservation efforts underway in Routt County.
According to the National Park Service, historic preservation "is a conversation with our past about our future." It's the effort to identify and save buildings, objects and landscapes that have cultural or historical value. Historic Routt County promotes historic preservation by assisting with the documentation and designation of historic structures and facilitating preservation projects.
Historic Routt County is involved in multiple preservation projects in progress, including the rehabilitation of Crossan's M & A Market in Yampa.
Crossan's was built in 1903 during the Yampa construction boom that was fueled by the anticipated extension of the railroad. The general store went through several owners but always served an important role as a hub for the rural community. The store offered necessities, provided a place for local ranchers to sell their products and functioned as a social gathering place for the town.
The Crossan family sold the store in 1964, and the building was used only for storage until 2006, when the town of Yampa purchased the structure. Ultimately, a fully rehabilitated Crossan's will function once again as a community hub: Plans for the building's use include the Yampa Town Hall, as well as space for the Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage Program, Flattops Scenic Byway, the South Routt Economic Development Council and a visitor's center with period displays from the market.
The Crossan's rehabilitation project has enjoyed positive momentum and is nearing an important milestone: Phase 2 of construction is due to wrap up this month. This phase included rehabilitating the interior first floor of the building, as well as the exterior and the porch. The building looks great, but the project is still a work in progress.
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The final phase, which will rehabilitate the second floor, is due to begin later this year pending funding from the State Historical Fund. On May 18, the project is receiving an award for progress toward saving the building at the prestigious Dana Crawford and State Honor Awards Celebration in Denver.
Keep your eye out this month for several educational programs from Historic Routt County and Steamboat Spring's Historic Preservation Commission. On May 27, the organizations are sponsoring The Sternberg Stroll, a tour featuring buildings designed by Eugene Sternberg, a Czechoslovakian, Cambridge-educated architect who designed modern buildings in Steamboat during the 1950s and 1960s. The tour begins at 10 a.m. at the Methodist Church, Eighth and Oak streets.
On May 31, HRC is hosting a nominations workshop to help property owners who are curious about the city, county, state, and National Register of Historic Places. We will provide information about the benefits of nominating your historic structure to the registers, as well as resources to help you get started. The event will be at the historic Steamboat Art Depot at 5 pm.
To learn more about the preservation efforts in Routt County or to get involved, visit HRC's website and social media pages, or better yet, contact us directly.
Emily Katzman is executive director of Historic Routt County.
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