Historical society receives state grant | AspenTimes.com

Historical society receives state grant

Aspen Times Staff Report

The Colorado Historical Society has awarded a major grant to the Aspen Historical Society.

The $150,225 grant, from the State Historical Fund, will be used to plan and begin interior and exterior restoration of the Aspen group’s Wheeler-Stallard House. The three-story house, at 620 W. Bleeker St., is home to the group’s museum. It was built by Jerome Wheeler as a home for his wife and himself, in 1888.

Sam Shogren, executive director of the Aspen Historical Society, said the group will eventually re-roof and re-wire the house, and install new plumbing. Work is also needed on the brick masonry, which was repaired improperly in the past. The building needs to be brought up to modern building codes, but with care to maintain historical preservation standards, Shogren said.

“We’ve been assessing the needs of the building to preserve it for another 100 years,” Shogren said.

The funding allocation is one of 126 grants awarded by the State Historical Fund in its most recent round of grants. The money comes from taxes on limited stakes gambling.

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