Historic Preservation

Historic preservation plays a major role in the activities of the South Park National Heritage Area and is one of its primary objectives. All historic preservation projects within the Heritage Area are completed in conjunction with the Park County Office of Historic Preservation. Both organizations provide technical assistance and grant management services for the owners of historic properties as well as other preservation related services.

Recent Preservation Projects in the South Park National Heritage Area

  • Rehabilitation of the Clesson Cabin - Alma

  • Restoration of the Como Depot - Como

  • Restoration and rehabilitation of the Old Park County Courthouse - Fairplay

  • Preservation of the Paris Mill - Alma

  • Preservation of the Tarryall School - Lake George

 

Park County Office of Historic Preservation & PCHPAC

In 1999, the National Park Service recognized Park County as a Certified Local Government (CLG), a designation that gives the county the ability to develop criteria for the designation of local historic landmarks and establish a preservation advisory commission.

 

Designated Landmark Properties in the South Park NHA
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The Park County Historic Preservation Advisory Commission (PCHPAC) makes recommendations regarding the identification, designation, and preservation of Park County’s historic resources. The Park County Office of Historic Preservation provides staff support for the commission and promotes the public health, safety, and welfare by identifying, protecting, and preserving Park County’s historic and cultural resources, increasing public appreciation of the area’s diverse past, and encouraging heritage tourism.

Park County Historic Preservation Advisory Commission Grants

The Park County Historic Preservation Advisory Commission provides small matching grants for projects that promote historic preservation in the county. Funds may be granted for rehabilitation, education, interpretation and other projects endorsed by PCHPAC. Learn more.

Historic Landmark Designation

Park County has established its own criteria for recognizing buildings, sites, structures, objects, or districts that are important to the history of a local community, Park County, Colorado, or the nation. There are similar criteria for listing on the state and national historic registers. The Park County Office of Historic Preservation and the South Park National Heritage Area can assist with the designation of historic properties and sites. Learn more.

Colorado Preservation Tax Credits

Colorado offers a 20% state income tax credit to property owners undertaking $5,000 or more of approved preservation work on designated properties. Learn more.

Preservation Matters Newsletter

Park County Office of Historic Preservation publishes Preservation Matters, a free quarterly newsletter, dedicated to educating the public about preservation related issues, events, and opportunities.  Learn more.