Colorado Preservation, INC
From Colorado Preservation
The town of Saguache has been chosen to receive the first-ever “Endangered Places Program Progress Award” from Colorado Preservation, Inc. The award ceremony took place May 6, 2015 in Denver.
“The award really is for the whole town,” said Kate Vasha, secretary of the Saguache Historic Preservation Commission. “The town trustees took a risk by going forward with the downtown revitalization project. But more important are the people who have taken a chance on 4th Street by having businesses there—and the people in town who support those businesses.”
Downtown Saguache was named one of Colorado’s Most Endangered Places by Colorado Preservation in early 2009. With help from ScSeed, the town then launched a revitalization effort that included repaving 4th Street, putting in new lampposts and benches and developing a pocket park. Funding came from grants by the likes of the Department of Local Affairs, Anschutz Family Foundation, Gates Family Foundation and Saguache County—and from the town’s small budget.
Six years later, the number of businesses in downtown has doubled—with more on the way. And last spring the commercial area was named a National Historic District.