The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum was awarded a $199,382 State Historical Fund grant to finish the next phase of its exterior renovation project.

The grant will allow the museum to start the third phase of its  $1.4 million, five-phase rehabilitation project, which started in 2010. The next projects will focus on restoration of stone and masonry on the east façade of the building. Construction will likely begin early next year.

“The 1903 El Paso County Courthouse, which is now home to the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, is both a downtown icon and a community asset,” said Matt Mayberry, museum director. “Every year, we welcome more than 50,000 people to the museum. The courthouse is the museum’s largest artifact and keeping it in good repair is part of our civic responsibility.”

Earlier this year contractors completed part of the project by repairing stone and masonry on the courthouse’s west elevation and clock tower. This project also received support from the state historical fund, which was created by the 1990 constitutional amendment allowing limited gaming in Cripple Creek, Central City and Black Hawk. The amendment directs that a portion of the gaming tax revenue be used for historic preservation statewide.

After this, the remaining two phases of the project will focus on the north and south elevations and repairs to windows and doors. Museum staff hopes to conclude those repairs by 2016.

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