Architecture and Engineering Project Funded!

The first step in reversing the decline and preserving our precious opera house is the completion of detailed architectural and engineering construction documents, a yearlong project estimated at $316,435. Since 2017, we have been fundraising for this critical first step in rehabilitating the building.

We have wonderful news to share on the rehabilitation front. Thanks to a final push from a $10,000 grant award from our local LT100 Legacy Foundation in July of 2018, the Foundation has completed raising the $316,435 needed for the Architecture and Engineering project to develop all the design and construction documents for the rehabilitation of the Tabor Opera House. With this yearlong project underway, kicking off September 1, 2018, we will be turning our attention to our next mission: raising $1.5 million for rehabilitating two facades of the opera house, targeting 2019 to start construction.

We are grateful to all the partners who are making this A&E project possible: the Colorado State Historical Fund ($200,000), the National Trust for Historic Preservation ($10,000), the National Park Service’s Heritage Partnerships Program ($10,000), the LT100 Legacy Foundation ($10,000), the Leadville Literary League ($10,600), Lifetime Fitness leaders and partners ($19,500), Leadville Arts Coalition ($500) and other local and state individual and business owners.

The A&E project will be led by Kris Hoehn of Hoehn Architects. Since joining her husband Tim in their own architectural business in 2001, Kris has had the unique opportunity to work on historic buildings throughout Colorado, including the Argo Mill, the Georgetown School, the Pueblo City and Memorial Halls and the Molly Brown House Museum. In 2003, her firm completed an historic structure assessment of the Tabor Opera House. Kris served as the Secretary of the Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation beginning in 2003, generously sharing her knowledge of historic preservation with the previous owners for well over a decade as the dream of rehabilitating the Tabor Opera House moved from idea to real possibility.

Kris has a BS in architecture and a Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor with a concentration in Historic Preservation. She was honored with the Marian Sarah Parker Memorial Award, which is given annually to the outstanding woman M. Arch. Degree candidate. 

The Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation thanks our partners and donors who have generously funded this critical first step and looks forward to working with the architecture and engineering team, the City of Leadville and the Colorado State Historical Fund experts to design and envision a fully rehabilitated Tabor Opera House.

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