COLORADO SPRINGS — Sacred Heart Church in Colorado Springs was recently awarded the Civil/Civic Rehabilitation and Restoration Award from the Historic Preservation Alliance of Colorado Springs. The Annual Historic Preservation Awards, presented by the Historic Preservation Alliance of Colorado Springs (HPA), is a local competition recognizing outstanding rehabilitation/restoration, compatible new construction, stewardship and heritage projects in the greater Colorado Springs community.
Located in old Colorado City, the church underwent a top-to-bottom restoration in anticipation of the next one hundred years of service. Originally built in 1922, the Spanish Mission-style Church’s rehabilitation marks the first phase of a 20-year master plan for the parish campus at 21st Street and Colorado Ave. in Colorado Springs. Nunn Construction lead the general contracting and Taylor Architecture and Design provided design services for the 7,206-square-foot interior and exterior restoration.
The exterior of the building was resurfaced in new stucco and a handicap access ramp was added at the front entry. In addition to upgrading mechanical and electrical systems, interior improvements included as much re-use of the original materials as possible. The unique wood-slat ceiling was restored and the existing pews were reclaimed to make new confessionals. A local woodworker and parishioner, Jeffery Keating, was commissioned to create all of the custom woodwork in the church including: the front doors, pews, baptismal and alter.
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