Downtown Colorado, Inc. (DCI) is celebrating 2012 National Historic Preservation Month with Celebrating Historic Preservation in Colorado Communities. Throughout May, DCI will highlight projects and historic preservation best practices that contribute to downtown revitalization across the state.
The All Saints Church at the Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center (EELCC) is located in Brush, Colorado and functions as the chapel for an elderly care facility. Constructed between 1916 and 1918, it was built in the tradition of 13th century churches in Denmark that served cloisters and hospitals. Originally serving a sanitarium for tuberculosis recovery, the Eben Ezer complex today provides continuous care housing, spiritual and medical support services for the elderly and others with special needs. The All Saints Church building has undergone several modifications since its construction including the addition of the bell tower between 1950 and 1951, basement remodeling, exterior rehabilitation, and the addition of a side aisle and toilet rooms. In 1983, the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In 2008 SLATERPAULL Architects completed a Historic Structure Assessment (HSA) for the All Saints Church building, funded with a grant from History Colorado, the Colorado Historical Society. Working closely with EELCC, SLATERPAULL identified the most critical deficiencies at the building, and created a phased work plan to address these items. A grant to complete the critical deficiencies was awarded by History Colorado, and work to mitigate the issues commenced in 2011. The project included site and drainage work, replacement of a flat roof area, rehabilitation of the interior museum space, and overall exterior rehabilitation of the building including replacement of an inappropriate screen door, work at the concrete foundation, and an area of foundation water-proofing.
The project was completed late in 2011, and has resulted in reduction of water infiltration due to site drainage issues, increased public safety at building entrances, and a museum space within the historic building which will be open to the public and enjoyed by future generations.
Though the issues addressed at Eben Ezer were not as evident as those at Rankin Presbyterian, both serve to prolong the life and use of the building, preserving our past for generations to come.
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