Historic Preservation Month Feature: Lake City Cafe

21 May

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. 

Drew Paschall has purchased the previously known “Old Timer’s Café” and is in the process of renaming the business to the long-standing “Lake City Café” as well as historically preserving the building to its original splendor.  Mr. Paschall expects to open the restaurant – with an exciting new menu – as early as mid-June, 2012.

The structure was obscured Lake City history which was literally unwrapped as workmen earlier this month removed a 1970s-era veneer to reveal the wood lapsiding, towering doorway openings, and framed panels beneath window openings from a long-forgotten downtown business building.

Paschall purchased the old Lake City Café building from Roy Todd earlier this summer and immediately set about returning the Gunnison Avenue building to its original appearance by removing exterior shingles and wood beams which had been added during a remodeling (early 1970s).

The building has previously functioned as a bakery and as a mortuary.  A circa 1910 photo that includes Emma Sweet Michaels posing in front of the building is being used by Paschall as a historical reference for the restoration project.

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