Preserving the history and heritage of the settlers of western Fremont County, Colorado.
Meeting With General Contractor & Paint Analysis
WFHS Board Members-(left to right) Betsy Denney, Barb Snyder, Kris Shurr, Craig Leitner, Debbie Hildebrand & Casey Hildebrand meet to prepare the building and grounds for the renovation work.
Barbara Darden, architect, leads a discussion about the renovation work to be done with Jon Sargent, contractor, Mark Minor, Craig Leitner and Ellen Hopkins
Mark Minor performed the paint analysis on the History Center building
Mark Minor identifies a place on the siding where the original paint can be seen. Also pictured are Barbara Darden, Jon Sargent and Jesse Haro.
Jesse Haro (left) with Mike Pershbacher of “Older Than Dirt”
Jesse Haro working inside to remove a window
Window removal by “Older Than Dirt”
All of the windows have been removed and boarded-up
Re-glazed windows have been installed.
The Front Steps
The front steps to the History Center have been removed.
Jon Sargent and helper work on replacing the front steps to the WFHS History Center.
Progress has been made with the front steps.
One of Howard’s younger residents, Gunnar Kintgen, looks on while Jon Sargent and his helper work on the front steps.
Gunnar Kintgen, a Howard resident, intently listens while Jon Sargent and his helper work on the stairs.
Work On The Foundation
Thaddeus Hust is the sub-contractor for the foundation repair. Pictured is Leo, his helper, preparing the foundation for new mortar.
Section of foundation that has new mortar.
Section of foundation to have new mortar
A good look at the finished foundation.
Replace Some Siding & Prep for Paint
Jon Sargent and team scraped the old paint from the west side of the building and started on the north side.
Jon Sargent and team work on removing the old paint from the building.
Progress is being made by Jon’s team on replacing the siding and scraping off the old paint.
Priming & Caulking
Kurt Etscheidt of Kurt’s Painting
Kurt Etscheidt prepares the windows before applying the primer paint
Kurt applies the special primer coat to the soffit
Much of the primer coat has been applied
Kurt also had to caulk many areas of the building after applying primer coat of paint
Meet The Archaeologists…
Searching for Artifacts–A Grant Requirement
Early on in the process, earth that was removed from near the building’s foundation was preserved for review by an archaeologist, a requirement of the grant
Michelle Slaughter, M.A., RPA of Alpine Archaelogical Consultants, Inc.
Abbie Harrison, Archaeologist, of Alpine Archaeological Consultants, Inc. works with earth that was dug out near the foundation of the building
Abbie sifts the earth, looking for artifacts
Abbie works with her mask on in the heat of the day
Abbie Harrison and Jon Sargent discuss how to coordinate their efforts of finding artifacts and grading the site
Abbie presents some of the artifacts she found
The Last Steps…
Final Coats of Paint, Walk-through, & Presentation of the “Big Check”
Paint analysis dictated the paint colors of “Cottage White and Juniper Ash.”
The completed renovation now shows crisp, clean lines from the foundation to the windows, to the steeple.
State Historic Fund Check Presentation-pictured from left to right (top row) are WFHS board members Casey and Debbie Hildebrand; Past WFHS Board President, Janet Lastovica; General Contractor/Deep Roots, Jon Sargent; State Historic Fund Preservation Specialist, Danielle Lewon. Second row: Project Manager, Ellen Hopkins and Architect, Barbara Darden. Third row: WFHS Vice President, Kris Shurr and WFHS Secretary, Barbara Snyder.