SAGUACHE—HistoriCorps, a Denver-based nonprofit dedicated to preserving America’s historic structures, in collaboration with the Rio Grande National Forest, will restore several remaining components of the Saguache Ranger Station from Aug. 25-29.
The station, emblematic of southwestern architecture, holds a special place with HistoriCorps as it was the site of its first project in 2009. Almost a decade later, volunteers and experts from the community, state, and across the nation, will join HistoriCorps for the next part of this station’s story.
The Saguache Ranger Station was constructed in 1939 to serve as a ranger residence, office and garage. Assisted by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the United States Forest Service (USFS) designed and built this Pueblo-style complex. The complex is described as “the best-preserved representative of a Pueblo-style complex, as well as one of the best preserved CCC-era Region 2 urban ranger stations in Colorado,” according to the USFS.
HistoriCorps Director of Operations Jonas Landes, who also led the 2009 work, is excited that HistoriCorps has the opportunity to return to this site, “What’s so great about this station is that it has continuously served the public for 79 years as an administrative site for the Rio Grande National Forest. Adaptive reuse is crucial to maintaining the lives of historic buildings, and I’m honored that we have been invited back to keep on breathing life into this one.”
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HistoriCorps, founded in 2009, is a 501(c)3 that provides volunteers of all skill levels with a hands-on experience preserving historic structures for public benefit across America. Volunteers work with HistoriCorps’ seasoned professionals to learn preservation skills and put those skills to work saving historic places. HistoriCorps works to ensure America’s cultural and historical resources will be enjoyed by generations to come.
HistoriCorps is a service learning partner of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture committed to the preservation and stewardship of significant resources on public lands.