Historic Denver is one of only two organizations allowed to host an event in the elegant lobby of the historic Brown Palace Hotel and Spa.
October 30, 2012
Brown Palace Hotel & Spa
5:00 Cocktail Reception
7:00 Dinner & Awards Presentation
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Building Restoration Specialties
Devil’s Thumb Ranch
Karen Brody and Mike Hughes
Spectrum General Contractors
St. Charles Town Company
Casey Miller and Ian Wolfe - Fuller Sotheby's International Realty
Centennial Bank/Sprung Construction
City and County of Denver
Hein & Associates
Humphries Poli Architects
Otten Johnson Robinson Neff & Ragonetti
Progressive Urban Management Associates
Robert Musgraves and Joan Prusse
Ruth Falkenberg and Larry Nelson
Sage Hospitality Resources
Sherman & Howard
Wenk and Associates
This year, Historic Denver will honor the following individuals and organizations that have made special commitments to local historic preservation:
Ann Love Award, named after former First Lady Ann Love and given to an individual who might not be generally regarded as a traditional preservationist, but has nonetheless shown himself or herself to embody the spirit of preservation:
Bob and Suzanne Fanch are the owners and recent developers of the Colorado Saddlery building at 15th and Wynkoop in Lower Downtown Denver. Prior to completing this significant project the Fanches became known in the conversation community for their protection of the Devil’s Thumb Ranch property outside Winter Park, where they have protected significant amounts of Open Space even while using a portion of the property as a guest lodge. Their extensive rehabilitation of the last mercantile building in the Lower Downtown Denver has created a vibrant new space that is now home to restaurants, offices and residences.
Molly Brown Award, honoring a woman who has demonstrated a Molly Brown-like passion for making Denver a stronger community:
Anna Jones, like Margaret “Molly” Brown, has devoted many years to civic life in Denver. Anna is the current Vice President of Progressive Urban Management Associates and provides project management and lead support for community development, downtown planning and business improvement district projects. Like Mrs. Brown, Anna has raised money for causes she believes in - when the 2004 tsunami hit Sri Lanka, killing 30,000 Sri Lankans, Anna and her husband raised $30,000 in a little over a month to fund the construction of three new houses. Anna is also active as a local volunteer, including her work as a board member for Downtown Colorado, Inc.
Keystone Award, honoring an individual(s) or organization that has made a significant lifetime contribution to historic preservation in Denver:
Spectrum General Contractors have worked on many historic preservation projects over the past 30 years. In fact, historical restoration projects account for approximately 30% of their gross revenue each year. Spectrum is unique because they perform a large majority of their own restoration work. Spectrum has three separate shops in house that are comprised of a steel fabrication shop, custom millwork shop and a historic window and door restoration and fabrication shop. Spectrum is the company that converted the old Engine House No. 5 into the first LEED platinum historic building in Colorado and the offices of SlaterPaull Architects, turned the Historic Lowenstein Theater into the Tattered Cover Bookstore and transformed a 1930’s auto garage into the popular Steuben’s Restaurant.
Community Preservation Awards, given to a small number of local projects representing exceptional contributions to the preservation of Denver’s heritage and its historic structures:
1225 Logan – Colorado Realty Source
The four partners that make up the Colorado Realty Source rehabilitated the 1884 one-time flower shop at 1225 Logan Street. Colorado Realty Source bought the building because they thought it was a great piece of Denver history and wanted to see it used. Designed in the Queen Anne style, the structure sits among more contemporary apartment buildings but represents the flavor of old Capitol Hill. Many layers of paint were removed from the exterior and the brickwork was cleaned and repointed. The unique shingled turret was returned to its former glory. The interior of 1225 Logan was painted and old woodwork restored when possible.
Beth haMedrosh Hagodol – Church in the City, Beth Abraham
Church in the City, Beth Abraham purchased the former Beth haMedrosh Hagodol Synagogue at the corner of 16th Avenue and Gaylord Street, rescuing it from more than 30 years of serious neglect and disrepair. Spectrum Contractors undertook the rehabilitation work consisting of everything from pigeon mitigation and re-roofing to tuck pointing the masonry and installing new plumbing. Church in the City, Beth Abraham added touches such as the old sign from the synagogue, a reproduction of the stained glass that was once in the building, and re-installation of the original chandeliers and sconces.
Denver City and County Building – City of Denver
The City and County of Denver supported rehabilitation work on the City and County Building, including repair of the front ceremonial stairs, restoration of the masonry, and cleaning of all the stone. Unattractive reflective film was removed from all windows and the windows were rehabilitated to restore function and efficiency in this 1932 Denver landmark. Much of the work was performed by Building Restoration Specialties, Inc., along with Milender White Construction and SlaterPaull Architects.
Emerson School – National Trust for Historic Preservation
The 1885 Robert Roeschlaub-designed Emerson School was donated to the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) in 2011. Since then, the NTHP has completely transformed the building into a prime example of sustainable historic rehabilitation. The NTHP created an energy-efficient building with occupancy sensors, low water plumbing fixtures, and a geothermal system for heating and cooling. The building has been beautifully restored and is now in use as a hub for preservation and conservation non-profit organizations. St. Charles Town Company, Sepctrum General Contractors, and SlaterPaull Architects were all involved in the project.
Marczyk’s Colfax – Marczyk’s Fine Foods
Marczyk Fine Foods recently opened its second location in Denver on the corner of Fairfax and Colfax. Built in 1925, the new Marczyk’s Fine Foods building once housed a Safeway Grocery Store and later an Ace Hardware. Marczyk’s rehabilitated the building, revealing pristine oak floors under the old linoleum, peeling off layers of white paint and removing an awning that obscured the brick façade. Returning the structure to its original use has brought an active use to Colfax, one that draws pedestrians and neighbors on foot, bike, by bus and by car. Tryba Architects designed the renovation and the work done by Sprung Construction.
Each year at our Annual Dinner Historic Denver awards three individual acheivement awards and several awards for deserving community preservation projects. With more than 40 years of history the honorees are now an impressive group of civic leaders. To learn more about past winners watch the awards videos from the last five years!
Historic Denver's 41st Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony was held Wednesday, November 2 at the Brown Palace Hotel and Spa. To learn more about the award winners, view the Community Preservation Awards video below produced by Havey Productions.
Honorees: Keystone Award: Don & Carolyn Etter, Molly Brown Award: Susan Barnes-Gelt, Ann Love Award: Stephen Leonard. Community Preservation Awards: Curtis Park Neighbors, Allen M. Ghost Historic District, Cornwall Apartments, Sage Building, 16th Street Mall Steering Committee.
Honorees: Keystone Award: Peter Dominick, Molly Brown Award: Georgi Contiguglia, Ann Love Award: Mayor John Hickenlooper. Community Preservation Awards: Aromor Apartments, Clayton Campus, Rocky Mountain Seed Company, Dry Ice Factory, Wazee Exhange.
Honorees: Keystone Award: Barbara & Dennis Baldwin, Molly Brown Award: Mary Voelz Chandler, Ann Love Award: Michael Henry. Community Preservation Awards: Rock Island Building, American Woodman’s Life Building, Old San Raphael Neighborhood Association
Honorees: Molly Brown Award: Ellen Fisher, Ann Love Award: Walter Isenberg. Community Preservation Awards: Friends of Washington Park School, Historic Doyle Benton House, Landmark Preservation Commission of the City & County of Denver, Olinger Mortuary.
Honorees: Molly Brown Award: Councilwoman Jeanne Robb, Ann Love Award: Joyce Meskis. Community Preservation Awards: Project: Hughes/Brody Home, Colorado Colfax Marathon, Historic Bauer Building, Denver area Episcopal Church, Lowenstein Theater.