Grants for historic preservation aimed at helping revitalize two Southern Colorado communities

Courtesy of History Colorado's State Historical Fund
San Luis Bank

Two buildings in the San Luis Valley are among eight historic preservation projects recently awarded a total of $296,377 in State Historical Fund grants.

Plans to restore a former 1892 bank in San Luis include converting it into affordable housing and commercial space. Nearly $50,000 in History Colorado grant money will go toward repairing its roof and walls.

Another grant of more than $42,000 will be used for architectural work for fixing the St. Agnes Parish Hall in Saguache. It closed last year after a water line break damaged the 1880s structure. 

The City of Colorado Springs also received some $23,000 for a historic resource survey plan.

These so-called mini-grants under $50,000 are awarded annually in the spring and fall, as are larger grants up to $250,000. The State Historical Fund is expected to announce those in December. These grants target preservation and archaeology projects.

Projects that received mini-grants this fall:

  • Cardiff Coke Ovens, Garfield County - $34,930
  • First San Luis Valley State Bank/Malouf Department Store, Costilla County - $49,500
  • Colorado Projectile Points Database, Montrose County - $35,025
  • Anheuser-Busch Building, Lake County, $29,550
  • St. Agnes Church Parish Hall, Saguache County - $42,599 
  • Hayden Ranch, Lake County - $37,500
  • City of Colorado Springs Historic Resource Survey Plan, El Paso County - $23,500
  • Grand Junction Water Treatment Plant, Mesa County - $43,733 
Courtesy of History Colorado's State Historical Fund
St. Agnes Parish Hall in Saguache.