Springs historic buildings receive state grants

Three Colorado Springs buildings have received grants from the State Historical Fund.

The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, All Souls Unitarian Church and the El Paso County Courthouse have received grants  through the SHF’s History Colorado program.

The SHF awarded 53 grants for historic preservation totaling more than $6 million for the fiscal year 2012 grant round. These new grants join 322 already active grant projects, for a total of nearly $35 million in direct investment in the State of Colorado.

The Fine Arts Center received $250,000 for roof rehabilitation; the All Souls Unitarian Church received $202,816 for stained glass window restoration; and the El Paso County Courthouse received $240,450 for exterior rehabilitation.

“SHF-funded projects not only save our history and inspire state pride, but they also have the power to transform communities by generating tangible benefits to the economy,” said Steve Turner, vice president of preservation programs at History Colorado. “Communities that receive a grant to save even one locally significant building know that it helps to create jobs and potentially drive heritage tourism in their region.”

Counties awarded grants this round include:  Alamosa, Boulder, Clear Creek, Delta, Denver, Douglas, El Paso, Fremont, Gunnison, Kiowa, Kit Carson, La Plata, Larimer, Logan, Mesa, Montezuma, Otero, Park, Pitkin, Prowers, Pueblo, Routt, San Juan and Teller.

Other funded projects include, a grant to the Solandt Memorial Hospital District, in Hayden, Colo., to help restore the first floor of the 88-year-old landmark, known as the “Hospital on the Hill;” and a grant to Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, near Cortez, Colo., to help researchers address unanswered questions about the Mesa Verde region during the Basketmaker III period (600-725 AD).

For a complete list of SHF grants funded during this round, go www.HistoryColorado.org and click on “State Historical Fund Grant News.”