Montrose renovation wins state award

MONTROSE — When the city of Montrose renovated the historic Elks building last year, it was called a groundbreaker in environmentally-friendly historic preservation.

The city has been praised again and recently learned it was named winner of the 2008 Governor’s Award for Downtown Excellence for the Best Adaptive Re-Use. The award, given by the nonprofit Colorado Community
Revitalization Association, will be presented Sept. 18 in Steamboat Springs.

Built in 1927, the Elks building was empty and in disrepair before the city bought it about five years ago for $400,000, then spent $3 million to restore it. The city preserved old doors, windows and flooring and installed geothermal heating and cooling.

Restoration of the Elks building, a block off Main Street, was followed by restoration work at City Hall, nearby on South First Street.

The award was given because restoration work on all the buildings “is a prime example of adaptive re-use playing a key role in a civic center in downtown Montrose,” the Colorado Community Revitalization Association said in a news release.


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