Colorado Preservation, Inc. (CPI) was founded in 1984 as Preservation Action Colorado by 43 citizens interested in preserving our state's built heritage. A year later, the organization gained 501(c)3 nonprofit status under a new name, Colorado Preservation, Inc., and grassroots volunteers worked to define our role as an effective preservation organization with education programs, public policy advocacy, and a newsletter. In the ensuing years, our accomplishments have grown as have we, working with myriad properties, people, and projects to preserve Colorado's heritage. Some notable moments from our more than 30 years of service to Colorado include:
In 1985, Colorado Preservation, Inc. hosted its first Conference; Saving Places® has grown to the largest statewide preservation conference in the nation and is the premier event for preservation in the Rocky Mountain region. In 1988, we hosted our first Dana Crawford Awards ceremony, which continues today to honor exceptional advocates for preservation in our state.
In 1986, our public policy committee began efforts that culminated, Colorado Preservation, Inc. was involved with the passage of the State Income Tax Credit for Historic Rehabilitation in 1990 and its re-authorization in 1999. CPI was also involved in passing the Colorado Job Creation and Main Street Revitalization Act, bringing an enhanced state historic preservation tax credit to all Colorado communities in 2014 and the recent effort to reauthorize the tax credit in the 2018 legislative session.
In 1997, Colorado Preservation, Inc.'s signature Endangered Places Program began, which has received both national attention and the Stephen H. Hart Award from History Colorado. Highlighting 130 sites in its 24-year history, this program helps dozens of communities with their preservation efforts in every region of the state.
Today, with a dedicated board of directors and staff, Colorado Preservation, Inc. continues to further promote and advance historic preservation throughout Colorado.
Historic preservation is about keeping our heritage alive and relevant, respecting the environment, revitalizing entire communities and honoring our special sense of place.