Punch Bowl Social Earns Preservation Award
The redevelopment of the air traffic control tower at the former Stapleton Airport received the Preservation Edge Award at Colorado Preservation Inc.’s 2018 Dana Crawford and State Honor Awards on May 9.
The 32K SF restaurant and entertainment venue honors the legacy of the airport and preserves many elements of the historic tower, including the precast panels that originally adorned the exterior of the building.
“[Punch Bowl Social founder and CEO Robert] Thompson’s vision reflects the golden age of aviation, incorporating stylistic elements throughout the restaurant such as the original terminal signage and baggage tags incorporated in art installations,” the program for the evening noted.
Winners of the 2018 State Honor Awards were:
- Colorado College in El Paso County, which has added 13 buildings to the State and National Register of Historic Places and spent an estimated $6M on restoration projects.
- Ginger and Baker in Fort Collins, a former grain mill that is now home to two restaurants, a market, a bakery, a café, a teaching kitchen and a wine cellar.
- Grand Imperial Hotel in San Juan County, which underwent a $2M renovation and restoration using $600K in state historic tax credits and $400K in federal historic preservation tax credits.
- Ute Indian Museum in Montrose County, which reopened to the public in June after a $2.9M renovation and expansion.
The historic Goodnight Barn in Pueblo County was honored with the Endangered Places Progress Award. Built between 1870 and 1871, the Goodnight Barn was constructed from sandstone quarried from a nearby canyon and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Colorado Preservation Inc. listed it as one of Colorado’s Most Endangered Places in 2002. The Goodnight Barn Preservation Committee and the city of Pueblo have raised nearly $700K for the project. The team has started the first phase of the restoration, which will complete urgent structural repairs including foundation stabilization and masonry reconstruction and restoration.
The Dana Crawford Award, given for excellence in historic preservation, was presented to Rebecca Goodwin, who has traveled throughout Colorado promoting preservation in rural communities and was instrumental in stopping the expansion of the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, a 235,896-acre U.S. Army base in southeastern Colorado that is a training site for Fort Carson. The training ground was slated to grow to more than 650,000 acres, which was protested by environmentalists and ranchers who were worried about the impact on the land.