In May 2020, Estes Park American Legion Post 119 embarks on a second century of service to veterans and the Estes Park community. But service in the new century requires your help with unfinished work from our first hundred years. We need to preserve, restore and update our 80-year old historic building both for its place in the history of Estes Park, as well as a place for our veterans and community to serve and relax in the future.
The building occupied by American Legion Post 119 was constructed on its present site in 1939 as the headquarters for the Colorado Big Thompson Project, a New Deal project designed to convey water from the Rockies western slope to Colorado’s eastern plains. The building overlooked a 23-acre site, serving as the Project base camp for 15 years. Upon completion of the Big Thompson Project in 1954, American Legion Post 119 purchased the building, and the structure began new service to veterans and the community. In 1998 the building was included on the Colorado State Register of Historic Places.
When the building was added to the State Register, its historic significance was noted as follows: (1) the property is associated with two events that made significant contributions to history — the Colorado-Big Thompson Reclamation Project, and the development of the Town of Estes Park; and (2) the property preserves distinctive characteristics of the Colonial Revival vernacular style architecture, representative of the Bureau of Reclamation’s New Deal projects.
Due to the generosity of supporters, several restoration projects have recently been completed, including a new roof, remodeling the Great Hall and installing a new audio-visual system, and refurbishing floors in the poolroom and hallway. We are grateful for these gifts which were also instrumental in motivating additional restoration and the 2nd Century Fund.
In 2018 the Colorado Historic Preservation Fund paid for a structural analysis of the building to identify requirements necessary to preserve the building and enable it to serve the Legion’s Mission of service to veterans and the community. Projects identified included replacing badly deteriorated siding, restoring windows to their historic configuration, installing fire, CO and security systems, re-grading the site and installing new drainage to prevent further water damage to the foundation, improvement to parking, and making entrance ramps and bathrooms ADA accessible for injured veterans. These projects are estimated to cost $480,000. Part of the cost will be met with grants as well as $55,000 currently in the Legion Building Fund. But we need to raise $150,000 by September 30, 2019 to meet remaining grant-matching requirements and to pay for projects where grant funds are not available.
Our 2nd Century Fund goal is $150,000 by September 30, 2019. By funding the restoration projects identified below, your contribution will enable this historic building and American Legion Post 119 to continue to be a cornerstone for our veterans and the community of Estes Park as we enter our 2nd century. If there is a specific project that you would like to support, please contact Dottie (below), and she will have a member of our Committee contact you.
Your support of our effort with a donation or a pledge would be greatly appreciated. We accept cash, checks, credit cards and PayPal. Click on the link below, or call or email Dottie at (303) 437-0265 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING VETERANS AND OUR COMMUNITY.
Some of the specific project needs are identified below. How would you like to help?
A siding project that was started a few years ago ran into some problems. It's a long and complicated story. With a little extra funding, the project can be completed.
The hallway, the pool room, the entryway, the bar, and the Great Hall floors all need to be refinished or replaced.
We need to modify the front entry to be handicap accessible. Also, the fencing needs to be repaired or replaced.
Contribute to the fund that we set aside to assist veterans and their families in time of crisis. These funds might help pay rent for a month, or purchase some groceries or gas, or help buyu new winter coats for a family in need.
Special events always need extra hands! (especially the Haunted House!) Please let us know if you are available to help work before, during, or after any of our events. Contact Dottie @ 970-586-6118.
Two more areas of our facility that could use a face lift!
The parking lot requires an improved drainage system to divert water away from the building. Then, we need to grade, blacktop, and build handicap spots in the lot.
Both the Men's and the Women's restrooms need to be upgraded, including ADA accessibility. Also, plumbing upgrades are needed in several parts of the building.