For over 20 years, Historic Routt County (HRC) has been the leader for protecting historic places and landscapes throughout Routt County, Colorado. Since the initial grassroots group of driven community members organized in 1997, Historic Routt County has grown in size and scope. The organization directly protects historic places through its programs:
- Preservation Projects
- Historic Designation and Documentation
- Education and Community Engagement
Historic Routt County is a highly collaborative organization and partners with local, state and federal governments, as well as local heritage, economic development, sustainability, and education organizations to accomplish its mission.
We facilitate impactful brick & mortar projects by helping owners access the funding and expertise needed to achieve their goals.
We partner with willing property owners to nominate historic properties to the Steamboat Springs, Routt County, Colorado State and/or National Registers of Historic Properties, as a tool to recognize, celebrate, and protect our historic places.
Education and Community Engagement:
We cultivate a “Preservation Ethic” in Routt County by sharing knowledge and appreciation of local history and cultural resources. HRC presents and sponsors programs, workshops, forums and tours, facilitates interpretation of historic sites with area museums; and partners with local groups to provide resources and guidance for historic preservation issues.
We proactively engage the public, policymakers, and stakeholders about the benefits, tools, and incentives for historic preservation, primarily through our Partners in Preservation advocacy coalition with the Tread of Pioneers Museum and Steamboat Springs Historic Preservation Commission.
We organize volunteers to continuously maintain the places HRC has saved over the past 22 years and support preservation of publicly owned cultural resources.
- Barns, etc. – Documented over 80 Routt County ranches in partnership with CU Denver through Cultural Resource Surveys and the Historic American Building Survey.
- Historic Structure Assessments – HSAs provide information on a building’s existing conditions and outlines the steps and costs of preservation treatments. Though we no longer prepare HSAs in house, we can help connect you with funding and technical consultants to prepare them for you.
Join Our Community:
HRC is funded by donations, grants, project management revenue, and a portion of the Routt County Museum and Heritage Fund Mill Levy. We absolutely could not accomplish our work without generous donors. Please consider supporting us today and help save Routt County’s historic buildings and cultural landscapes.