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800 Oak St. Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

Historic Preservation Related Entities based in Steamboat Springs

Historic Routt County (HRC): 970-875-1305
Local nonprofit membership organization formally established in 1999. Works throughout Routt County. Meets monthly. A volunteer board and a full-time paid Executive Director implement the following programs:

  • Education & Advocacy: Communicating with the general public, policy makers, and local preservation organizations about the benefits, tools, and incentives available for historic preservation.
  • Designation: Working with willing property owners to write historic register nominations to the Steamboat Springs, Routt County, State and/or National register in order to document, celebrate, and protect their historic places.
  • Projects: Facilitating impactful bricks & mortar projects by helping owners access the funding & expertise needed to achieve their goals.
  • Stewardship: Organizing volunteers to maintain the places on public lands that HRC has saved over the past 20 years.

Steamboat Springs Historic Preservation Commission (HPC): 970-879-1060
Certified Local Government (CLG) commission formalized in 2009 consisting of 5 volunteers and one alternate. At least two members must have demonstrated expertise in historic preservation. Members are appointed by City Council and supported by City planning staff. Meets monthly. Accordingto the City Code, duties include but are not limited to:
  • Advising City Council on implementation of the historic preservation aspects of the Community Plan and other historic preservation issues.
  • Administering and maintaining the Steamboat Springs Register of Historic Places. Designation provides protection of the property from demolition and inappropriate alterations.
  • Reviewing building permit applications for alterations and demolitions to the exterior of any principal or accessory building, structure, object, or site which is designated on the Local Register or is an Eligible Resource.
  • Reviewing development applications that involve alterations and demolitions to the exterior of any principal or accessory building, structure, object, or site which is designated on the Local Register or is an Eligible Resource.
  • Advising and assisting owners of Local Landmarks, Historic Resources, and Historic Districts on the physical and financial aspects of preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, renovation, and re-use of their properties, including but not limited to:
    1. Assisting in identifying available sources of grants, low interest loans, and other historic preservation programs.
    2. b. Providing conceptual reviews to owners of properties and sites on the Local Register and Eligible Resources.
    3. Assisting in preparing applications for nomination of properties to the Local, State, or National Registers.
  • Providing outreach and educational opportunities, via lectures, conferences, publications, walking tours, workshops, City website, historical marker programs, and any other means to educate the community on the importance of historic preservation and the historic preservation process.
  • Reviewing State Historic Tax Credit applications for residential properties.
  • Reviewing & commenting on Section 106 proposals.
  • Reviewing State and National Register property nominations in the City.
  • Exercising of such other roles or duties delegated to it by the Colorado Historical Society of the State Historic Preservation Office, subject to the approval of City Council

Routt County Historic Preservation Board (RCHPB): 970-879-0108
Established by the Routt County Commissioners in 1993. Advisory board consists of 5 volunteers with an interest in local history appointed by the Commissioners and supported by County staff. Meets quarterly. Duties include:
  • Reviewing nominations to the Routt County Historic Register and making recommendations for designation to the Commissioners. Designation is honorary.
  • Recording successfully designated privately-held properties in Routt County in the Assessorís property records.
  • Advocating for historic preservation in the community in partnership with related entities.

Tread of Pioneers Museum (TOP) 970-879-2214
A not-for-profit membership historical society established in 1959 to preserve the documents, objects, stories, and memorabilia of Routt Countyís past. A volunteer board oversees a full-time executive director, a curator, and several part-time staff. The museumís mission is to preserve, share and celebrate the history and heritage of Steamboat Springs and Routt County through quality and engaging exhibits, programs and education. Museum services and activities:
  • Exhibits: Prepares permanent and changing exhibits within and outside of the museum about the history of Steamboat Springs and Routt County, including historic preservation focused exhibits.
  • Research Archive: Maintains an extensive research center and archive with books, documents, photographs, oral histories and other memorabilia about Steamboat Springs and Routt County History. The museumís online photo database has been key for historic preservation research. The museum also publishes significant historical books and other publications that serve as a chronicle and research tool for local history.
  • Events and Programs: Schedules entertaining and educational presentations, walking tours, events, and programs at historic sites and schools.
  • Advocacy: Advocates for the preservation of the communityís natural and built historic resources and promotes historic preservation.
  • Consulting and Writing: Serves as heritage consultants and representatives on various local boards and groups. Museum Executive Director regularly writes for various publications and organizations about local heritage subjects, events and research.

Partners in Preservation (PiP)
An ad hoc coalition of members from the preservation related organizations in Steamboat Springs listed above. Meets as needed.
Initially launched in 2007 to address lack of protection for historic resources in the City, the effort resulted in public workshops and presentations and improvements to the Cityís preservation ordinance.
Resumed in 2019 to renew the communityís awareness of the importance of preserving and protecting historic resources. Members include representatives from Historic Routt County, the City of Steamboat Springs Historic Preservation Commission, the Tread of Pioneers Museum, and Steamboat Creates. The group coordinates its efforts to educate residents through public presentations, the This Place Matters exhibit, and the media.

Note: this is NOT a comprehensive list of every entity that addresses historic preservation in some form in Steamboat Springs, but rather, information about the active participants in Partners in Preservation.
Prepared by Arianthť C. Stettner
Updated July 2020

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Tribal Lands Acknowledgement
The Board and Staff of the Tread of Pioneers Museum respectfully acknowledge the Ute people, the original inhabitants of Northwest Colorado, and other Indigenous Nations of this area where we now reside. We recognize that the establishment of this region impacted the lifeways of Native peoples and their communities. In accepting this, we are called to utilize this educational institution to teach stewardship of the land and continuing commitment to the inclusion and respect of these Nations and their traditional values for their homelands.