Restoration has historic building looking good |

Restoration has historic building looking good

Lawyers Stephen Worrell and Anthony Durrett stand in front of the newly renovated Worrell building on the corner of Eighth Street and Colorado in downtown Glenwood Springs Friday afternoon.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS The new brick building across Colorado Avenue from the Garfield County Courthouse isnt a new building at all.In fact, the Durrett-Worrell Building has a history that goes back to the late 1800s.Along the way, the building at 208 8th St. has housed, among other businesses, a milliner, a notary public and a water commissioner, although its longest stint was as home to the Glenwood Post from 1898-1981. Now, invigorated after a seven-month remodel, the building is bringing new life to the attorney offices of Worrell, Griffith, Durrett & Jaynes P.C.

Looking at it now, its clear architect David Hauter and the buildings owners, attorneys Steve Worrell and Tony Durrett, had a sense of history in mind when they renovated the structure.That historical perspective is shared by Glenwoods planning department and Historic Preservation Committee, which set guidelines for buildings in the downtown core. Called the Downtown Design Standards, the guidelines were implemented in 2001 to preserve Glenwoods rich architectural heritage. Hauter said the buildings exterior design combines the past of Glenwood with the present.Its got a crisp new feeling to it, even with our interpretation of the citys historical guidelines, said Hauter. Worrell and Durrett purchased the building in 1988 from the Samuelson family, who owned and operated the Glenwood Post from 1936-1970. It was vacant when we bought it, said Anthony Durrett. It was being used as ancillary space for the county. I think the county commissioners even had a meeting room there.

Durrett said continued problems with the roof prompted them to remodel the entire structure.Wed been baby-sitting the roof for so long, Durrett said. The roof was beginning to actually pull away from the building.Once Hauter, Durrett and Worrell got Walters Co. Building Contractors of Glenwood Springs on board, the building began telling a long and intricate story.There were rabbit holes all over the place, said Durrett. There were different levels to the building, with steps up and steps down.Willa Soncarty, registrar and archivist at the Frontier Historical Society, said early maps of Glenwood Springs indicate that the building is really a patchwork of several smaller buildings, built one into the other.It looks like by 1890, a little collection of structures was formed into one large corner building, said Soncarty.It was a funky old building, agreed Hauter. It looked like it was cobbled together over time. Hauter said crews started the project with major foundation work to level all the floors. There was a reinforced section in the middle of the building where they put the printing press, Hauter said. And in other areas, there was no foundation at all.With the foundation in place, the buildings interior was completely renovated a major achievement considering the four attorneys and their assistants continued working in the building during the entire process.A lot of the time we were working in areas sealed off with Visquine, said Durrett. A 21st century feelToday, its hard to tell from the inside that the structure is more than 100 years old. New proportional windows bring light into the building where there once was none, and modern carpeting and textured walls give a 21st century feel, amidst a 19th century framework. Outside, Hauter and the owners selected a brick exterior, in keeping with Glenwoods Downtown Design Standards requirements, according to city planner Jill Peterson.The buildings corrugated steel awnings, Hauter said, are popular now, and have been popular in the past.This was a fun project, Hauter added. Tony and Steve are great clients. They allowed me as an architect to be an architect.Im very proud of this building, said Durrett. Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext.

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