New Arts District And Preservation Award Good For Real Estate In Breckenridge
Colorado Preservation Inc. awarded the town of Breckenridge the 2015 Preservation Honor Award earlier this month (May) at the 25th annual Dana Crawford Awards Celebration. The organization is a nonprofit historical preservation advocacy that gives commendations to towns, organizations and individuals that save historic buildings and landmarks.
The Dana Crawford Awards Celebration is Colorado’s premier preservation awards event, and the 2015 Preservation Honor Award is a testament to the hard work and dedication that Breckenridge town officials, leaders and citizens have contributed to protecting the town’s heritage.
The award is due largely in part to the multi million dollar Arts District project currently taking place in Breckenridge. As part of the ongoing project, the town council approved a large renovation to the existing Arts District, which includes creating a campus that dynamically networks the area together.
The makeover will additionally include the restoration of five historical Breckenridge properties: The Robert Whyte House, The Burro Barn, The Mikolitis Barn, Masonic Hall and Harris Street Schoolhouse. The comprehensive plan will create community-use spaces and educational facilities within the Arts District and preserved buildings.
Commissioned in 2004, the master plan was originally set for completion in 2025, but town officials made the decision last year to tentatively speed up construction to finish the project by September of this year – when Breckenridge will celebrate with a grand opening.
The renovations are expected to be a dynamic improvement to the town of Breckenridge, significantly contributing to the local culture, heritage and economy. The town council has been repeatedly praised for exhibiting a strong interest in providing such a myriad of amenities to the community.
Fundraising efforts for the project grossed more than $2 million. Donations were made from a few dollars to $5,000, from business and foundations, and even residents and Breckenridge real estate owners of second homes – a testament to the local community’s love and passion for their hometown.
We can’t wait for the completion of the Arts District renovation, and we are so proud of Breckenridge for being the recipient of such a highly coveted award. In addition to our bustling tourist economy and highly anticipated ski season each year, Breckenridge boasts a colorful and interesting past. Over 150 years old, the town was established before the resort – a unique feature for a popular American ski town.
The Preservation Honor award as well as the new Arts District will hopefully remind people just how culturally rich Breckenridge is, and how much our town officials and citizens value history, culture, art and education (in addition to skiing). Beyond an expected boost in tourism, we hope the changes will show people across the country how special our neighborhoods are, and in turn spark new interest in Breckenridge real estate.