Preserving Our Past, Building Our Future

In the picturesque locales of Crested Butte, Gunnison, Lake City, and throughout Colorado, historic preservation and rehabilitation architecture are not just about maintaining old buildings; they represent a profound commitment to cultural identity, environmental sustainability, and economic vitality. At J Reeser Architect, LLC, we specialize in transforming and preserving these historical edifices, ensuring that they continue to serve present and future generations.

The Importance of Historic Preservation

Historic preservation encompasses the protection and restoration of buildings, objects, landscapes, and other artifacts of historical significance. It is an essential practice that helps us retain the visual and cultural character of our communities. For regions like Crested Butte and Gunnison, where the past is a palpable part of the landscape, preserving historical architecture helps maintain the unique charm and allure that draw visitors from around the world.

Why Rehabilitate?

Rehabilitation architecture goes a step beyond preservation. It involves updating and modifying historic structures to serve contemporary needs while retaining their historic character. This balance is crucial in places like Lake City and Gunnison, where historic buildings are often integrated into the daily life of the community. Rehabilitation makes these structures more functional and energy-efficient, ensuring they remain viable and useful without compromising their historical and aesthetic value.

Adhering to High Standards

Our work is meticulously reflective of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Preservation and Rehabilitation. These standards guide our projects from conception to completion, ensuring that all interventions are compatible with the building’s historic character. Our team of SOI qualified professionals is adept at navigating these complex guidelines, combining rigorous architectural history evaluations and research with innovative design solutions.

Environmental and Economic Benefits

Historic preservation and rehabilitation are inherently sustainable practices. They maximize the use of existing materials and structures, reduce waste, and are often more carbon-efficient than new construction. By preserving the energy embedded in existing buildings and using less energy on materials and construction, we significantly reduce the environmental impact.

Economically, preserving historic buildings stimulates local economies through tourism and revitalization. Rehabilitated buildings attract businesses and residents, increasing property values and invigorating community life.

Funding and Compliance

A key component of our success involves the integration of State Historic Fund Grant and/or Historic Tax Credit standards into our projects. These financial incentives are crucial for ensuring the economic feasibility of preservation projects. They also stipulate strict compliance with preservation standards, which helps maintain the integrity and authenticity of our work.

Projects That Tell Stories

Each building we work on comes with its unique narrative. Whether it’s a century-old schoolhouse in Crested Butte or an historic mining structure in Lake City, these buildings tell the stories of those who came before us. Our role is to honor these stories through careful preservation and thoughtful rehabilitation, ensuring these structures not only persist but remain vibrant and functional.


At J Reeser Architect, LLC, we are proud to contribute to the preservation of Colorado’s heritage. Our work in historic preservation and rehabilitation architecture not only protects physical structures but also preserves the soul of our communities. Through each project, we reinforce the importance of maintaining our architectural past, not just for historical appreciation but for a sustainable and vibrant future.

Contact us today to discuss how we can assist with preserving or restoring your building, ensuring it stands the test of time.

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