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COLORADO PRESERVATION, INC.

TO LEAD STATE CAPITOL DOME REHABILITATION CAMPAIGN

Denver—Colorado Preservation, Inc. announced today the organization has been approved by the Capitol Building Advisory Committee (CBAC) and the General Assembly’s Capital Development Committee to take the lead in a private/public capital campaign to raise funds for the Colorado State Capitol dome rehabilitation, a property just nominated for the list of Colorado’s Most Endangered Places in 2010. “Colorado Preservation, Inc. is excited to help with this essential preservation effort for the State’s most cherished building,” Executive Director James Hare said. “We are very pleased that the Capitol Building Advisory Committee has forwarded the nomination of the Colorado State Capitol dome to Colorado Preservation’s Most Endangered Places program. The Capitol dome is an architectural, historical, and cultural treasure that must be preserved. Numerous organizations around the state are in support of the CBAC’s actions including Historic Denver, Inc., the Bessimer Historical Society, Historic Douglas County, Historic Pueblo, Inc., Historic Routt County!, and the Mountain & Plains Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, so we view this project as one that the entire state can get behind and support.” To date, funding to complete the necessary repairs has been unavailable. The cost for rehabilitation of the dome is estimated to range between $11 and $30 million. “Unfortunately the work will only get more expensive to complete if we continue to delay. But, it comes at a time when we cannot expect public funds to be available for it, especially those that might normally be available from Colorado’s State Historical Fund which really needs to be safeguarded so it can continue to do the great job it does for preservation outside of our major metropolitan areas. I think the importance of the project, however, will make it very attractive to sponsors from the private sector and I’m eager to get a campaign rolling to raise the necessary funds. And, when you realize that every dollar spent for historic preservation projects returns an additional eight to nine dollars of economic activity, getting this project going now will be a tremendous stimulus package for Colorado all of its own!,” said Hare. “This came to the attention of the Capital Development Committee in 2007 during a tour with a small group of lawmakers when a chunk of cast iron broke loose and fell onto to the deck below, “ Rep. Jim Riesberg, D-Greeley, who chairs the committee said. “No one was injured, but we knew something had to be done. I believe this building belongs to all citizens of Colorado and I’m confident the community will support this effort to raise funds for the preservation.” The Capitol’s golden dome is perhaps the most iconic structure in Colorado, is well known and instantly recognizable by citizens across the state, and is one of only 10 in the nation to feature a gold-plated dome. It was designed first by Architect Elija E. Meyers of Detroit, a noted designer of public buildings during the “gilded-age,” and the only architect to have designed three state capitol buildings (Colorado, Texas, and Michigan.) The project was completed by Denver architect, Frank E. Edbrooke, who was hired in 1898 as Meyer’s replacement. Edbrooke is well known for his other work in Denver, including: The Brown Palace Hotel, the Oxford Hotel, Loretto Heights Academy, the Colorado State Museum at 14th and Sherman, the Chamber of Commerce Building at 14th and Lawrence, and the

Navarre Building at Broadway and Tremont. In 2006, the Colorado State Capitol Historic Structure Assessment reported the condition of the Capitol dome, which is well over 100 years old, to be poor. There is evidence of corrosion and decay on almost every feature of the dome. Rust is visible from the window lintels on the dome all the way down to the drum at the roof level. In many instances, freeze/thaw action has broken off pieces of cast iron. The round columns appear to be rusting from the inside out, an indication they are filled with water, and pieces of the flutes have broken off. The entire dome will require extensive work to repair current damage and preserve the feature for future generations. Colorado Preservation, Inc., founded in 1984, is the only statewide organization dedicated to promoting and advancing historic preservation in the State of Colorado and the natural choice to lead this significant preservation effort. The organization is best known for its Saving Places Conference, the largest statewide gathering of preservationists in the nation with more than 1200 participants annually. Colorado Preservation’s signature Endangered Places Program, has received the Stephen H. Hart Award from the Colorado Historical Society, as well as national attention. Through this program more than 40 communities have received help with preservation efforts in every region of the state. For more information on the Capitol dome rehabilitation effort, or Colorado Preservation, Inc. education programs and public policy advocacy, call 303.893.4260 or visit www.coloradopreservation.org ###