Hot Springs donates $5,000 to Cardiff schoolhouse relocation |

Hot Springs donates $5,000 to Cardiff schoolhouse relocation

The Red Mountain Friends of Historic Preservation are closer to moving the historic Cardiff schoolhouse to its new location after the Hot Springs Lodge and Pool presented the group with a check for $5,000 Thursday.

“We have an interest in preserving Glenwood Springs’ history,” said Kjell Mitchell, Hot Springs general manager.

The preservation group is only $1,500 away from the $12,000 needed to move the school, according to the group’s president, Marice Doll.

In January, $11,000 in other funds were used to excavate and build a foundation at the new schoolhouse site at Conservancy Park in the Park East subdivision, she said.

Mike Alsdorf, owner of the property where the Cardiff school now sits, is anxious to move the building by late March or early April.

Bailey Movers of Grand Junction have been hired to move the school, explained Doll.

In order to move the 115-year-old structure, supports will have to be placed in the school’s interior. The outside of the school will also be wrapped, she said. Then a large truck will take the school to its new site.

Once moved, it will undergo a complete renovation at an estimated expense of $40,000, Doll said. The preservation group plans to seek grants for that project.

The school still has its original chalkboards, lights and flooring.

The school’s original piano was also found stored in a garage, and the owners have agreed to donate it once the school is ready, said Jean Martensen, a board member of the preservation group and Glenwood Springs city councilwoman.

The renovated schoolhouse will serve three purposes, Doll said.

First, it will be a museum of artifacts and pictures of Cardiff.

Second, it will return to its original function as a school. The Roaring Fork Conservancy will conduct indoor classes there, teaching river biology and ecology.

Third, it will be open for the community to use for weddings and other functions.

“Everybody has a piece of this schoolhouse somehow” said Doll.

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