Restoration earns recognition from Glenwood Springs Historic Preservation Commission |

Restoration earns recognition from Glenwood Springs Historic Preservation Commission

Kevin Keller
Post Independent Intern
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The owner of a building that has been standing for more than a century is being recognized for exceptional preservation efforts.

The Glenwood Springs Historic Preservation Commission recognized Israel Shapira with a certificate of appreciation for his efforts to restore the old JC Penney building and current Grand Avenue Mall building at 812 Grand Ave. to its original glory.

Commission member Gretchen Ricehill said that Shapira’s effort is a good example of what the commission is looking for when awarding these certificates.

“The building has a tremendous presence on the block,” Ricehill said. “If it wasn’t there it would be like a missing tooth. By restoring it, it brings out character.”

Ricehill said that Shapira removed stucco, put on by the previous owner, from the building’s original brick.

“He had a tremendous effort to restore the exterior of the building,” she said. “He worked real hard to chip off the stucco, it was a very time-consuming effort, and the result was outstanding. You could not tell that stucco was ever on it.”

Ricehill added that the effort brought out architectural features and has impacted the character of the downtown area.

Shapira acquired the building after a fire did extensive damage to it in March 2006.

Shapira received the certificate downtown on June 7. After he invited the commission to tour the building they took the opportunity to give the award to him.

Ricehill added that the commission isn’t finished handing out these awards yet.

She said there are a number of outstanding restoration efforts that have happened recently, and the commission does not have a cap on how many awards they plan to give out, although they are focusing on the downtown area right now.

“We look for how well the project restored the building to its prior appearance,” Ricehill said. “It recognizes people for the outstanding work that they do to restore these buildings. The work they are doing has a tremendous benefit for the community.”

The commission is awarding the certificates for work they see as amazing preservation and restoration. They are focusing on commercial buildings currently, but as their presence grows, they said residential projects are going to be considered as well.

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