Bob Yapp of Preservation Resources, Inc. has a motto that declares “Preservation Doesn’t Cost, It Pays!”
Five points that Bob discusses in his presentations capture the essence of why Historic Routt County is all about historic preservation:
- Preservation is about maintaining or preserving our built environment. It’s as much about community and positive economics as it is about saving our architectural heritage.
- Preservation is a strategic ingredient in the revitalization of historic neighborhoods and downtowns.
- Preservation usually costs less than new construction.
- Preservation increases property values and a community’s property tax base.
- Preservation has been at the forefront of the “green movement” for fifty years.
Pretty compelling reasons to be proud of historic preservation work, right? We have a number of projects and programs that help us accomplish our mission to preserve and to promote the historic character of Routt County communities and rural areas.
Saving the places that give Routt County its unique heart and soul is the cornerstone of HRC’s efforts. No project is the same, just as no person is the same. Each project carries with it a sense of something honorable, something precious, and each project connects us with ties — stories and experiences — that bind us together.
Join Our Community:
HRC is funded by donations, memberships, grants and a portion of the Routt County Museum and Heritage Fund Mill Levy. We absolutely could not accomplish our work without generous members and donors. Become a member today and start saving Routt County’s historic buildings and cultural landscapes.
HRC partners with willing property owners and other entities to nominate historic properties to the Routt County, Colorado State and/or National Registers of Historic Properties, an important step towards historic preservation and often required for grant eligibility.
Outreach and Education:
HRC presents and sponsors programs, workshops, forums and tours about Routt County historic and cultural resources; facilitates interpretation of historic sites with area museums; and partners with local groups to provide resources and guidance for historic preservation issues and heritage tourism initiatives. We also host the most fun annual Meeting and Awards Celebration in town that draws a great crowd.
Historic Structure Assessments:
HRC sponsors grant requests to the State Historical Fund and other entities for historic structure assessments, which provide information on a building’s existing conditions and outlines the steps and costs of preservation treatments.
Barns, Etc. & Technical Assistance:
HRC works with property owners to document and to preserve their historic ranches and rural properties through cultural resource surveys, architectural drawings and site plans. HRC can connect people to information about preservation treatment incentives that may be available, nomination assistance from experienced professionals and technical support for projects from historic preservation contractors.
Board & Staff:
HRC’s Board and Staff work hard to connect you with the resources you need to achieve your own historic preservation objectives. Board members have the vision and insight to make sure HRC is headed in a sustainable direction, and staff is well-equipped with the skills and tools necessary to partner with you.