Upcoming preservation workshop

The City of Salida Historic Preservation Commission will host a workshop on the economic benefits of historic preservation on Saturday, January 9, 2010 from 9:00 – 12:30 at the Salida SteamPlant. Steve Turner, Director of the Colorado Historical Society will be the keynote speaker. He will be speaking on “Emerging trends in historic preservation in rural areas of Colorado and the economic benefits that follow.”

Community Development Director Dara MacDonald noted that, “in addition to being the cultural center of our community, the historic downtown supports the local economy through heritage tourism.” The workshop will explore two aspects of the economic benefits of historic preservation. There are both direct benefits to owners of historic properties and also benefits to the larger community.

In addition to Turner, presentations at the workshop include Mike Shomion who will share his experiences with rehabilitation of 134 F Street and pursuing tax credits for the project. Jackie Powell, Chair of the Historic Preservation Commission, will discuss funding through State Historic Fund grants and the opportunities and responsibilities of receiving funding.

Cheryl Brown Kovacic, Chair of the Chaffee County Heritage Advisory Board, will speak about heritage tourism and how it helps sustain the economy. Leslie Walker, member of the Historic Preservation Commission and owner of Salida Realty will discuss property values in historic districts.

Terry Alexander, member of the Historic Preservation Commission and owner of Stonecraft Masonry will discuss the importance of quality craftsmanship. This talk will address hiring contractors, jobsite safety and the historic preservation program at Colorado Mountain College.

Keith Krebs, architect and member of the Historic Preservation Commission will have a PowerPoint presentation highlighting the past, present and bright future of historic downtown Salida including historic and present day photos. Krebs will also moderate the workshop. The workshop will conclude with a tour of the A.T. Henry Building at 102 N. F Street.

Attendees will be entered in a drawing to win an original Patricia Torian watercolor sketch of their favorite downtown scene or building.

The workshop is free and open to the public. Owners of historic properties and those interested in historic preservation are encouraged to attend.

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