Arvada, CO…….A streetcar which operated between Arvada and Denver from 1902 – 1950 has been named to the Colorado Most Endangered Places List by Colorado Preservation, Inc. (CPI).
Denver Tramway Company Streetcar No. 04, which in its heyday provided transportation in the elegant, polished wood style of the early 20th century, has sat idle for over 60 years. CPI describes its significance as follows: “Built by the Denver based Woeber Carriage Company, the streetcar today is a rare example of a converted narrow gauge streetcar, the last to run on the Denver trolley line in 1950.”
In 2012, with the assistance of an $8,500 State Historical grant, the City of Arvada assembled a team of restoration specialists to complete an assessment of the streetcar and develop a preservation work plan and budget. The assessment estimated rehabilitation costs at $225,940. Denver Tramway Company Streetcar No. 04’s inclusion on the ‘Most Endangered Places’ list positions the restoration project to apply for up to $200,000 in grant monies from the State Historical Fund.
Kim Grant, Grants Administrator with the City of Arvada who spearheaded the streetcar assessment project, stated: “As the City prepares for the arrival of the Gold Line in 2016, it is only fitting that we work to preserve this historic trolley. The listing will help generate publicity and fundraising momentum, and we hope that eventually we can display Streetcar No. 04 near the Olde Town Arvada Gold Line station, reminding commuters of our heritage.”
The Endangered Places designation is not intended to reflect negatively on stewardship of the resource; it is intended to increase public awareness about its historic significance and to build positive momentum for fundraising purposes. Selected projects receive publicity and advocacy, including a special video produced by CBS Channel 4 which aired at the February 5 CPI statewide preservation conference at the Colorado Convention Center.
About Colorado Preservation, Inc.
Colorado's Most Endangered Places Program involves, to date, 101 historic resources across the State in 47 of 64 counties. Colorado Preservation, Inc., founded in 1984, is dedicated to promoting and advancing historic preservation in the State of Colorado by building a future with historic places. For more information visit http://coloradopreservation.org/programs/endangered-places/