Cheyenne Historic Preservation Board wraps up 2021 with final meeting of the year
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Cheyenne Historic Preservation Board met last night for the last time in 2021. The Board’s mission is to maintain and share the Capital City’s historic foundation.
“There are stories that come with all of these buildings that a lot of people that are local might know, but a lot of people move in from out of town and don’t know, so it is exciting to be able to show people our history,” said City Planner and Board Liaison, Sam Crowley.
The Board agenda focused on several important items, such as the recent approval of City Council to move forward with Phase II of the Airport Fountain Project. The Airport Fountain is located in the median on 8th Street and Warren Avenue, and has been around since 1935. Crowley said the fountain plays a role in representing Cheyenne’s impressive aviation history. The project has been in the works for years; costing several thousand dollars, and requiring meticulous attention to detail.
Crowley said the restoration process is delicate due to years of wear and tear from weather and improper upkeep.
Phase II, restoration of the terracotta, is costing an estimated $68,000, according to Crowley. About $45,000 will be funded through state grants, but the Board is raising money for the remaining amount. Nearly $25,000 has been raised through the sale of custom ornaments.
“This year, the ornament is the Airport Fountain; so it is a depiction of the fountain, and it is really cool because it actually has a piece of tile from the original 1935 fountain on the back of it, so you get part of the actual fountain, which is kind of cool,” said Crowley.
Crowley said anyone interested in purchasing an ornament can contact her for more information.
The meeting also included other business items, such as the approval of the Annual Report.
The Annual Report mentioned progress the Board has accomplished over 2021, including an update to the capitol north historic district to incorporate homes that reflect historical significance.
City Council drafted a resolution to name October as Bill Dubois Arts & Humanities Month after beloved local preservationist, William R. “Bill” Dubois.
In addition, the meeting also discussed grants and funding needs.
The Board started a petition to name the fountain area ‘Stewardess Park’, to honor the Stewardess School and add signage to offer more insight into local aviation history.
Furthermore, awards are given out every year to recognize significant restoration work on commercial and residential areas. The awards will most likely be handed out in February of 2022, according to Crowley.
To learn more about the Historic Preservation Board, visit the City of Cheyenne website.
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