Colorado Preservation Inc


We are Colorado Preservation, Inc and YOU are Colorado Preservation, Inc. All of us making up a community committed to change. CPI was founded in 1984 with the vision that preservation matters and has a dramatic impact on communities. Energized around a central theme of "building a future with historic places," CPI was founded by visionary leaders who identified a need for a statewide nonprofit organization structured around preserving, protecting, and promoting Colorado's historic places. Historic preservation is much more than keeping "old" buildings standing ; preservation is about creating a sense of place, enhancing communities, and revitalizing economies. Our organization promotes the critical connection between people and place.

CPI works to ensure historic places across Colorado are protected and will be preserved for future generations. CPI advances this mission by partnering with property owners, non-profit organizations, educators, and local governments through its signature initiatives Colorado's Most Endangered Places Program (EPP), its annual Saving Places® Conference and its Dana Crawford & State Honor Awards.


Colorado’s history is important to us, as we know it is to you. Each year conference attendees share ideas, make new connections, and learn new tools to advance the work of preservation in Colorado. Thank you for being a part of the preservation movement by attending this year! Thank you for your commitment to our shared history and places that collectively represent where we came from and shape the future.

CPI works statewide with sites, community leaders, residents, and organizations to ensure we build a future with Colorado’s historic resources. Through our signature initiatives like Colorado’s Most Endangered Places and our Preservation Services Program, we work with the public to identify and protect some of the state’s most important, yet threatened sites. This

year we are pleased to announce that through our Preservation Services Program we were able to acquire over $750,000 in grant funding to support historic resources, landscapes, in partnership with more than 30 communities and partner groups throughout Colorado. These projects include supporting the efforts of private property owners as well as small rural communities in need of project assistance.

Another component of CPI’s mission is to promote historic preservation by recognizing key individuals and projects throughout the state who have made a difference. Reuse and rehabilitation projects like Ginger & Baker in Fort Collins, Grand Imperial Hotel in Silverton, Rocky Mountain Land Library in Park County, and the Hannah Barker House in Boulder.

Individuals who have committed their lives to make a difference in preservation such as Rebecca Goodwin, Ann Pritzlaff Walker, Ruth Falkenberg & Larry Nelson and organizations like Historic Denver whose mission seeks to “safeguard the soul of our city through education and engagement, to protect and honor Denver’s unique identity for all generations.”



Volunteers are critical to supporting the work CPI does statewide.
Interested in dedicating your time and/or professional expertise to the Endangered Places Program?
Join our volunteer list here.


Your support makes the work we do possible. With every dollar contributed, CPI puts your investment back into local communities and projects through our programs. We hope you feel the impact of your donation as you travel across the state and see our mission in action.

Since 1985, our organization has diligently worked to make a difference throughout the state. With a small staff of four supported by a board of 14 and a devoted volunteer corps, our organization has assisted communities in every region of the state to save their historic places. Our work is far from done. Help us continue our mission and support the people and the places we cannot afford to lose. Consider making a donation and/or becoming a member.


Meet the CPI BOARD


Board Members