F+W Welcomes Teja

We have some exciting news here at Form+Works! At the beginning of May we welcomed a new member to our team, Teja Elam.

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We thought a fun way for everyone to get to know Teja would be a Q&A:

  • How did you find your way to architecture?
    I have a deep rooted interest in art and design growing from a childhood surrounded by appreciation and experience of the arts. The idea of pursuing work in design and architecture began in high school. After completing my B.F.A. with an emphasis in industrial design, I moved to Colorado to continue my goal of a Master of Architecture. I began working in architecture in 2004. I have been fortunate to work in many project sectors including: historic, commercial, religious, multi-family, and custom home design.
  • What about historic preservation resonates with you?
    Preservation provides reflection of the past, wraps us in story and supplies a center to grow from. It is this warmth that sparks my passion for preservation. 
  • What kind of hobbies do you have?
    I enjoy spending time with my family, running and figure-drawing.
  • What type of architecture inspires you?
    I am inspired by National Park Service Rustic architecture or “Parkitecture” and mid-century design.
  • What is your favorite place in the world?
    My favorite place is anywhere with family and friends. 
  • What are some of your goals?
    I would like to serve others through assisting in the preservation of our shared story.Teja graduated with her Master of Architecture from the University of Colorado with her Certificate in Historic Preservation. In addition to having just entered her 14th year working in architecture, she worked for the Park Service providing historic research at Rocky Mountain National Park. She shares our love of Colorado and our deep passion for historic buildings. We are so fortunate that she has chosen to join us. Next time you are in the area, be sure to stop in to say hello!

Glasgow to Stirling

Travel Blog – Day 5

It was time to pack up and make my way to Stirling in anticipation of the start of the conference. I arrived around noon, dropped my bags off at the hotel and grabbed a baked potato for lunch. With Monday being a bank holiday, the Stirling center was bustling with shoppers and activity.

Not knowing exactly what there was to see, I just started heading upwards.

One of my first stops was the Church of the Holy Rude and what was the first thing I saw? Why none other than this sign advertising that the CSU Pueblo Concert and Chamber Choirs would be performing here the next weekend.

It is always fun to realize how small the world really is.

The Church of the Holy Rude is the only church in Scotland where a royal coronation was held. King James VI, the 13th month old son of Mary Queen of Scots, was crowned here. Later on our official tour of the City, we were told that there was a disparity at the Holy Rude between two of the priests. They decided to construct a wall across the center of the church, dividing into two.

It remained this way for over 300 years, when the feuds were resolved and the parishes rejoined into one. It makes for an interesting conservation discussion. Technically the building spent more time during its lifespan divided into two churches than it did as a single space. The decision to remove the wall and reopen the space is seen by some as less authentic than keeping the wall in place. In historic preservation we find ourselves thinking through some very interesting conundrums.

I walked through the graveyard and up onto a rock cropping where I could see up to Stirling Castle. There were fantastic views across the valley below. I knew we were touring Stirling Castle as part of the conference, so decided not to go inside.

The last stop for the day was a local pub that was hosting a fundraiser for child cancer. I could hear the live music from blocks away and made my way to check it out. Between the pubs and the streets there have been some seriously talented performers.

Clockwork Orange

Travel Blog – Day 4

Apologies for the hiatus, internet coverage has been a bit of a hassle and then my conservation conference began, dividing my attention. Let me finish off the last few days before the start of the conference:

The Glasgow Subway is the 3rd oldest in the world. It was completed in 1896. The book (and later the movie) “A Clockwork Orange” supposedly gave the subway system the nickname, due to the circular route of the system and that the cars and stations have plenty of orange.

For 1 ½ pounds, one can ride the system to the various sections of the City. I decided I needed to check it out. The unique aspect of the system is the height of the cars. I had to duck to get in, but after I sat down the dimensions were not an issue. Within a few minutes I was back on the west end. I wandered over to Glasgow University to check out the Campus.

I had to take a few close-up photos of the unique operable windows. I love metal windows.

I walked by the McMillan reading room, designed by T. Harold Hughes and David Stark Reid Waugh, was built in the 1930s.

Again more great metal windows.

Walking by the row homes adjacent to the campus, I was captivated by all the fantastic blossoming trees. It has been such a perfect time to be here.

My next stop was the Glasgow Botanic Gardens.

The Kibble Palace was relocated to the grounds in 1872 from the home of John Kibble. John Kibble seems like a fantastically interesting character.

The son of a metal and wire merchant, Kibble was born into a great deal of wealth. However he was an inventor and entrepreneur. His first claim to fame was the retailing of zebra shawls for women. Queen Victoria wore a zebra shawl, making them all the rage.

Later Kibble invented one of the biggest cameras in the world; with a 13 inch diameter lens, it was so large it had to be transported on a horse-drawn cart. From the camera, negative plates measuring 44 x 36 inches could be created. After the Palace was relocated to the gardens, Kibble commissioned an adjacent building where he projected his large scale slides for the public.

Another of his unique sounding inventions was the aquatic velocipede, a bicycle fitted with flotation and paddle wheels. He apparently cycled across Loch Long. What an interesting fellow.

As a last stop of the day I popped in at Kelvin Hall to check out the National Library of Scotlands’ Moving Image Archive. It serves as a location for research, but there is a fun informational area with some history and examples of some of their collections.

This was the view down to the Kelvingrove Museum from Glasgow University.

The Glass of Glasgow

Travel Blog – Day 3

I made myself a long list of potential stops for my third day in Glasgow but I had no real idea how many I could get to. Turns out, almost all of them.

First I wanted to check out St. Mungo’s Cathedral, which is the oldest area of Glasgow. The stained glass windows of St. Mungo’s are gorgeous and there is so much detail! Photographing inside a dark cathedral proved to be quite challenging and the photos couldn’t really capture the beauty of the dark stone offset by the flood of colorful light. But the one thing I thought was very cool is that each of the windows that had been restored incorporated a description, artist name and date in the glass at the bottom of each panel, giving visitors more information about the timeline of the building.

I walked across to the Necropolis, the cemetery connected to St. Mungo’s by a stone bridge. From the top, you can get some wonderful views of the City.

One of the intricate mausoleum’s.

Just next door to the Necropolis is Tennent’s Brewing. Although they offer free tours, it was still considered breakfast-time, so I thought better of it.

I made my way back to the People’s Palace and Winter Garden, which the bus passed by on their route. On the way there I found a few buildings that would be really cool to buy and restore. This one is an old school.

The People’s Palace and Winter Gardens holds a history museum in the stone building and the glass greenhouse is of course, the Winter Garden portion.

As grey as it has been the last few days, I have to say the glass roofs around Glasgow make for really beautiful spaces to be inside.

Walking back to City Center I checked out the “Homes for the Future” buildings that were designed for Glasgow’s 1999 “UK City of Architecture and Design” festival.

Next up the top of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Lighthouse. The building was originally built for the Glasgow Herald and is now Scotland’s Center for Design and Architecture.

The hike up the spiral stair is rewarded with some great views around the City.

Then I hussled over to the City Chambers Building for their afternoon free tour. The architect, William Young, had spent a great deal of time in the Mediterranean, which was illustrated in the mosaic tile floors.

There were several species of wood throughout the rooms we toured, with connections to the countries of the British Empire. This one is of course mahogany coming from Africa.

So many beautiful skylights throughout the building.

This is the largest Carrera marble staircase in Europe (extending one story higher than that of the Vatican).

My last stop of the day was the Willow Tea Room on Buchanan Street, with recreated portions of details from Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Tea Rooms that he originally designed for Catherine Cranston. The original tea rooms were updated over the years and then later were closed. It was bustling, so I decided not to stay for tea, but I was able to take a look.

After about 8 miles of walking I was quite knackered, as they say here. So I made my to the tallest movie theater in the world, Cineworld, to catch a movie. It was a nice way to end the day. FYI nachos at the movie theater are quite different in the UK and I found myself wishing I had just stuck with traditional popcorn. Live and learn!

Arts and Culture

Travel Blog – Day 2

With an entire city to digest I decided a good place to start would be to get on the “hop on, hop off” city tour bus. They circulate every 15 minutes and for one extra pound you can get a two day pass (so 16 pounds vs 15)….of course I then promptly dropped my ticket at my first hop-off spot…oops…likely it fell out of my pocket as I was digging for tissues to stop my seemingly perpetual runny nose.

So learn from me – keep your ticket and your tissues in separate pockets. Fortunately the next bus driver let me on but said other drivers would likely require me to purchase a new ticket. Oh well.

My first stop was the Riverside Museum by Zaha Hadid. Completed in 2011, the building pulls inspiration from the waves formed by the confluence of the Rivers Clyde and Kelvin. The museum is free and houses all manners of transportation mechanisms, from bicycles to caravans to models of ships. Glasgow was a ship building epicenter; at it’s peak it is estimated that they were producing 25% of the worlds ships, with launches occurring every two days.

The museum sits on the old shipyards, long since demolished. I may have been a little preoccupied with the building to really pay the attention that was due to the magnificent amount of exhibits. A model of a city block was complete with horse-drawn trolley and stores that you could explore and learn about saddlery, cobblery, photography (of the old time-y sorts) and a subway.

Mostly what I was thinking about was how simple Zaha’s interior finish schedule must have been. A brilliant move considering how complex every other detail of the building likely was.

The next stop was Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, also free to the public. They had a special exhibition on Charles Rennie Mackintosh on the ground level that has a small fee. By the time I got to it, it was getting a bit late, so I am keeping that on my potential to do list. I have a few other Mackintosh stops to make…so perhaps it calls for a dedicated Mackintosh day.

The galleries had a plethora of art and heritage objects. There were Scottish-specific rooms with gorgeous paintings, furniture and textiles; natural science rooms with things like stuffed elephants and pre-historic skeletons; a room full of armor from warriors all over the world; a French room with pieces by Monet, Van Gogh, Gauguin, and many others; and if you hate all of that, there is a giant pipe organ….really there has to be something for everyone in this building.

After leaving the Kelvingrove, I decided I would walk back to City Center. The day had been kind of choreographed that far and I had lost my bus ticket after all. I, of course, chose the drizzly part of the day to walk around, but contrary to what my Grandpa used to tell me, I am not made of sugar, so I was fine. I picked interesting steeples and towers in the distance and found out if I could get to them.

After a while I realized I was unable to see the skyline through the gray skies. At that point I was pretty sure I had gotten myself good and lost. But then I ended up stumbling upon the Speirs Wharf and canal trail.

What you can’t tell from the photos is that the canal is actually about 20-30 feet above the ground just to the left of these photos. And the path was labeled with plenty of signage leading me back to the City Center. If you go the other way the canal connects to the Falkirk Wheel and there was signage about the canal being a Glasgow to Edinburgh canoe trail. That would be fun!

After dropping things back at my hotel I decided to squeeze in one last museum, the Gallery of Modern Art, which I passed yesterday. There were some interesting pieces…but I found I was mostly interested in the building.

The statue out front of the GoMA is the Duke of Wellington on his horse, Copenhagen. You may notice the traffic cone on his head. Apparently the police have stopped trying to remove it as each time they did, it reappeared. It has now become an icon of its own in Glasgow. The GoMA was originally the site of William Cunninghame’s 1777 home; he was a tobacco baron. He had plantations in America until the Revolutionary War. It was sold to John Stirling in 1789. In 1817 it became a branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland and then in 1827 it housed the Glasgow Royal Exchange. The signage in the building indicates that they aren’t 100% sure if the original Cunninghame home was incorporated into the later additions/alterations, but just from a walk around the outside, it appears to me that the original window pediments match the drawings of Cunninghame’s home. I ended the day with a hearty meat pie and chips at “The Citizen”, a restaurant named and sited inside the first Glasgow daily newspaper.

Reykjavik and Glasgow

Travel Blog – Day 1

The last 20 hours have been a sleep deprived whirl, but exciting none-the-less. I failed to get sleep on the flights which made for a lot of walking around Glasgow to stay awake until check-in time. But that turned out to be the perfect way to spend the day getting to know my surroundings. Without time or the mental power to research the city before or during my walk, I discovered places the old-fashioned way – by stumbling upon them.

But let’s back up. Icelandair flies direct from Denver to Reykjavik. So in less than 7 hours you can leave the middle of the United States and arrive on a snow-covered airfield that reminded me of landing in Alaska. We arrived at 5am in Iceland, but you wouldn’t have known it was the crack of dawn with the soothing yet bustling terminal building. One could tell it is predominantly a stopover location due to the vast differences in passenger outfits. As snow fell outside, travelers in shorts paced the terminal along with those more appropriately dressed. They won me over immediately with their Scandinavian style and TLC’s “Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls” over the terminal speakers.

The only design flaw a few fellow passengers and I discovered was in the bathroom when the combination of shallow sinks with Dyson’s Airblade Tap (which integrates the powerful Dyson airblade with the sink faucet) results in blowing the foamy soap off your hands and all over the room. We all laughed together, but my former life in Airport design made me think the maintenance staff are likely not so tickled by this reality.

We deplaned and boarded on the airfield. I found this thoroughly enjoyable (I felt like a Beatle), although a few of my fellow passengers were less sure footed on the stairs. Fortunately my winter walking skills are still fresh since Colorado hasn’t quite decided if it is ready to fully embrace spring. It seems Reykjavik is having similar thoughts. It was beautiful though and I am looking forward to my stopover on the way back. Icelandair has a finely tuned marketing game. They make it less expensive to have a one-night stopover than to keep on going, to encourage you to keep more of your tourist dollars there. I can’t wait!

Glasgow was just a two and a half hour flight from Iceland. After a nice quick pass through customs, I was on the curbside waiting to jump on the airport express to downtown Glasgow. For 12 pounds you can get an open-ended round trip ticket on the bus (8 pounds one way) and not have to concern yourself with navigating the opposite side of the car/road or figure out where to park it. In my sleep deprived state, when the bus driver started off, it did take some effort to not yell out “wait wrong way!”. Silly American!

Fortunately my hotel took my bags off my hands as I arrived in downtown around noon. Glasgow was bustling and it seems the George Square area is their shopping district…pre-trip research likely would have told me this, but I find this way more fun. I stumbled upon two different multi-story malls (at first I wasn’t sure if it was just one mall that I found from different sides) with some of the typical stores found in US malls. But I also found a couple very cool historic arcades. Like this one that appeared to be their jewelry district. I saw signs for fully furnished apartments above, but I promised my family and partners that I would return from this trip.

True to my characteristics I took many a picture of old buildings. From an uninformed look at Glasgow, they appear to be facing similar deterioration struggles that we see in Colorado, only with significantly more moisture and vegetation growth. They also seem to have a fair amount of demolition occurring, which surprised me, and it looks like there is clean-up underway from a recent fire.

I scouted out some future stops, but decided I just had to keep moving to make it to nap time. I walked into the hotel at 2:56pm (I may have been circling the blocks nearby at the end there). As much as I was hoping to just sleep until tomorrow, I read several jet lag articles that recommended the best way to adjust to a new time zone is to take a short nap if absolutely needed and then get back up to finish out the daylight (a better way would have been to sleep on the flights…don’t do what I do!). I hope you enjoy the photos – now off to plan my adventures for tomorrow!

By Natalie Lord

Scotland Travel Adventure – APTI Stone Conservation Workshop

Travel Blog – Day 0

With packed bags and a couple of masonry samples in hand, I am headed to Scotland this evening. The Association for Preservation Technology International is hosting a Stone Conservation Workshop in Stirling, Scotland where I hope to steal any and all Scottish secrets for stone preservation techniques that may vary from what we are doing here in the US. Since I haven’t traveled internationally for quite some time and having never been to the UK  (layovers don’t really count) I decided to spend a few days on either end of the conference exploring. We thought this would be a perfect opportunity for a little travel blog. Follow along!

by Natalie Lord

April 2018 Grants Submitted

Good luck to all of our clients who submitted History Colorado – State Historical Fund grant applications in the April 2018 grant round!

We provided assistance with 14 applications in this round – several are pictured below.  We’re looking forward to the results in June and August!

Six Degrees of Preservation

One of our favorite parts of being Preservation Architects is learning the unique stories behind the buildings we work on. It adds a whole new level of depth to a project that you don’t find in other areas of architecture. Storytelling is one of the greatest tools we have to gain project momentum. We pride ourselves in helping to continue the legacy of great places and protecting their stories. In February, I presented at Colorado Preservation Inc’s Saving Places Conference as part of the APT-RMC Lightening Talk. My topic was “Six Degrees of Preservation” discussing some of the more interesting threads of connectivity I have found over the past several years of preservation work.

I realized I needed to start keeping track of the connections while working on the Dennis Sheedy Mansion at 1115 Grant Street. The mansion and carriage house were built in 1892 by Architects E.T. Carr and William Feth. During my research I found a copy of Dennis Sheedy’s autobiography in the Western History and Genealogy Collection at the Denver Public Library. Dennis had signed and addressed the copy “Presented to A.L. Doud by Dennis Sheedy with Compliments and Best Wishes”. 

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Dennis Sheedy came to Colorado in the 1880s after building his fortune in the mercantile and cattle business. He was asked to be on the board of the Colorado National Bank, later becoming the director and then the vice president. In his role on the board he was asked to evaluate some of their riskier loan holders. Following his report to the board, Sheedy decided to personally save two of them. One was the Holden Smelter which became the Globe Smelter and Refinery and the other was the McNamara Dry Goods which became the Denver Dry Good. Both businesses were highly important to Denver’s history.

In 1927 Helen Bonfils purchased Sheedy’s home and turned it into a fine arts school for the community. Her influence saved the residence from the wave of demolition that swept down what was then known as Millionaire’s Row. In 1974 the mansion was sold and converted into an office building, dividing the grand rooms up into small office suites.

In 2014 the building was purchased by Unbridled Holdings for their offices and I worked on the renovation that reversed much of the 70s alterations. The project infused new life into the mansion, highlighting the history while making it functional for a vibrant modern company. A gym with private showers; quiet rooms; small and large conference space; open-group as well as private offices; a music lounge and a group kitchen are just a few of the modern amenities. The historic fabric is an enhancement, not a limiter. There is intricate and varied woodwork (there are 12 different fireplaces and 9 different species of wood in the building) making each room unique. The historic windows flood the rooms with light. The pocket doors were restored, giving occupants the ability for the rooms to flow together or close them off if needed. A few new complimentary elements were incorporated into the building, including a beautiful new window by Watkins Stained Glass Studio.

In 2017 Unbridled purchased the Historic Bosworth House at 1400 Josephine Street. The house was designed by the firm of Varian and Sterner in 1889. Frederick J. Sterner and Ernest Phillip Varian met while working in the office of Frank E. Edbrooke. The Bosworth house pre-dates Sheedy mansion, but the interior woodwork is strikingly similar. Our renovation of the Bosworth mansion will begin this spring and it has already been dubbed “the mini-mansion”. Our intent is to incorporate the same successes we found on the Sheedy Project, but with a unique twist. Check us out on Facebook and Instagram for progress photos and more info about the renovations.

Another Varian and Sterner building we’re excited to be working on is the Charline Place Condominiums, on the 1400 block of Pennsylvania. Owner Charles Smith built Charline Place in 1890 and the building was originally four grand townhomes. In 1902 Charles hired Architect J.J. Huddart to convert the building into 12 apartments, adding exterior balconies and “popping the top” in the center of the East façade (pop-tops aren’t a modern phenomenon). Freight elevators were also added in the back of the building and the multi-level sleeping porches were enclosed.

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The building was divided twice more into 20+ condominiums and then into 42. The 1920s renovations added one-of-a-kind terrazzo floors, skylights and gave the building a castle-theme. If you find yourself walking by, look for the stucco to tell you where the open porches existed before the 1920s. We talked about Charline Place’s stone in our post Losing Colorado’s Manitou Sandstone. 

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In 2015 I had the distinct pleasure of working on the renovation of 1201 Auraria Parkway. This building was constructed in 1901 by Dennis Sheedy as the Denver Dry Good Warehouse. The architect was Frank E. Edbrooke, who designed the Denver Dry Good building at 16th and California (the original and several additions/expansions).

The placement of 1201 had to do with the train line that ran right behind the building. When we removed some later additions off the south and west facades, we found some of the original shutters that were closed when a train went by to prevent soot from damaging the merchandise. My favorite part of the project is when the large freight shaft was opened up and you could see all the way from the basement to the roof. You will find this image on some of my business cards.

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It tells you so much about how the building was originally put together and I love the connection it gives you to everyone from the people who sawed the timber to the ones who stocked the wagons headed to the Dry and now the modern builders and office workers who brought life back into the space.

In 2016 I completed a Historic Structures Assessment of the Pennborough Condominiums at 12th and Pennsylvania. This building is particularly interesting because I found it was connected to many projects in different ways. In 1892, Colonel David C. Dodge built his home at the southwest corner of 12th and Pennsylvania and a few years later Joseph B. Gilluly purchased the lot to the south and built his home. Colonel Dodge moved to Denver in 1867 as a general agent for the Chicago and North Western Railway. In 1872 he went to work for General William Palmer as a Traffic Manager and then General Manager for the Denver & Rio Grande. Dodge and Palmer are credited with developing and building the entire D&RG system and Dodge personally helped to finance the construction of the Moffat Tunnel.

Joseph Gilluly was the treasurer for the Denver & Rio Grande and during my research I found he was on the board of the Colorado Seminary with A.L. Doud. Doud turned out to be a notable Denver Lawyer who must have known both Gilluly and Sheedy. Although I’ve suspected the two knew each other in more ways than that considering the proximities of their grand houses. It’s no stretch to assume Sheedy, Gilluly, Dodge and Palmer ran in all the same circles. Denver was just more than a cow-town back then!

Pennborough gets even more interesting in the 1920s when Doctor John Henry Tilden purchased the two mansions and hired Harry W.J. Edbrooke to design an addition that spans between the two buildings. Harry moved to Colorado to join his uncle Frank’s practice in 1908. After the 1920s, the building at 12th and Penn became the Tilden Hospital, later changing to a Good Samaritan Convalescence Home before its 1980s conversion into condominiums.

Doctor Tilden moved to Denver in the 1890s. He originally studied medicine under his father in Illinois but then his career path changed when he went to the Eclectic Medicine  Institute in Cincinnati. Tilden became an alternative medicine practitioner, criticizing pharmaceuticals and explaining disease was a result of Toxemia. As I started researching Tilden and becoming enthralled by his theories of curing ailments through fresh air, healthy eating and exercise, I found there was a National Register listing for a Tilden School for Teaching Health up in the Highlands neighborhood. When I started looking at the NR Nomination I realized in the corner of the photo, next to the two school buildings, was the Bosler House. Come to find out, Tilden purchased the Bosler house and hired Harry Edbrooke to build the school. Bosler House_01 Jessica corroborated my story, as she has been working on the Bosler house for the past several years. I interviewed her to get the details about its history. Built in 1875 for Ambrose Bosler, one of the founders of Highland, it is one of the oldest surviving homes in Denver. The home is of some recent note as the previous owner applied for a demo permit, was denied and then attempted to demolish it by neglect. But new Owners took on the great task of restoration. Currently we are working on the stone, window and doors project, which is nearing completion.  The original tower was also recently reconstructed.

Lastly, I will leave you with our CF&I Mine Project in Creede, Colorado. The CF&I operated from 1911 -1950 mining Flourspar supplying the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company in Pueblo. The property was first the site of the Wagon Wheel Gap Hot Springs resort that opened in the 1870s and was purchased 1907 by General William Palmer. The Denver & Rio Grande line runs through the canyon downstream.

The site is currently part of the 4UR Ranch, maintaining the hot-springs/resort function for more than 100 years. F+W is in the process of a stabilization project repairing some collapses and deterioration from water rushing down the slope of the mountain and through the building. We hope to help repair and prevent further losses to save this gem for future generations. Here’s visual of how all of these projects connect. We hope there will be more tidbits like this to share with you as our work through the State continues.

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By Natalie Lord

Altona Schoolhouse

The Altona Schoolhouse was completed in 1880 to serve as a one-room school for the community.  At the time of its construction, Altona had 60 days of school with a total of 40 students in attendance, ranging in age from 6 to 21.  Local residents recall the building being used not only for school but also for Christmas programs, community dinners, and other events.

In 1948, the school districts in the area began consolidating due to a declining rural population in the area and deteriorating buildings.  The last classes were held in the Altona schoolhouse in 1948, after which point the Altona students were sent to other schools.

In 1951 the building was purchased by John and Katrina Heil.  Shortly thereafter, the building was converted to a residence for one of the Heil’s children, Hilde, and her husband, Wayne Hillman.  The building remained in use as a residence for many years.   During its time as a residence, four additions were constructed to provide additional living spaces for the family.

In 2012, the Heil family sold the property, including the historic Altona Schoolhouse to Boulder County.  In 2013, the building was designated a Boulder County Historic Landmark.  It is the oldest of four remaining stone schoolhouses in Boulder County.

Recently, the residential additions were removed from the building, revealing the original form and materials of the rural one-room schoolhouse.  The exterior walls of the building are constructed of locally sourced sandstone.  Most of the original windows remain intact.  Interior finishes, though modified, were intact and able to provide information regarding the original appearance of the inside of the building.

Form+Works Design Group is currently working with Boulder County Parks and Open Space to restore the stone schoolhouse to its original appearance.  Upon completion of the project, the building will be open to school and civic groups.  Programs will be provided by Boulder County Parks and Open Space staff and volunteers, demonstrating the late 19th century rural education system.  The original materials will be restored, and the building will be furnished with typical schoolhouse furnishings of the era.

Concurrently, Boulder County is working to develop the 210-acre open space property around the schoolhouse.  The development will include interpretive trails, signage, and parking, allowing access to the property for recreational use.

We are excited to see the schoolhouse restored and the open space site available for community use!

Jessica Reske