EDITORíS DESK: The historical spirit
If you ever wondered what it takes to build or renovate based on specific styles or historical correctness, you might find the Spirit Award articles this issue interesting.
Space prevented running more than just a few excerpts from two of the award winners (the Tyrees and the Kliewers) in our news pages, and I wasn't able to get in any of Bunny Blaha's summary of what went into restoring her Victorian residence. I say lack of space, but it's also true that reading her story made me feel tired (not to mention broke) as I pondered all the work and expense involved. Allow me to quote a few Blaha lines here: "The stone foundation wall on one side was replaced with poured concrete, and some new beams were added in the basement to help hold up the house. Parts of the remaining stone foundation were repointed with mortar (the old lime mortar was falling out) and a brick path was laid around the front and left side. The vinyl siding was removed, and insulation was blown into the walls."
For some of us, that might be close to a lifetime's worth of house upgrades. But for Blaha, it was just part of one year!
In any case, such dedication to one's domicile is worth bearing in mind with the 12th annual Bed & Breakfast Holiday Tour (proceeds going to the Old Colorado City Historical Society) coming up Dec. 3. Pretty much all of the B&Bs on the tour have been seriously restored, and my appreciation of what that means has definitely grown.
Also magnified is my respect for the Westside and what it stands for. The classic structures that lend so much to the "atmosphere" we all enjoy - they don't just take care of themselves. As sturdy as they were originally made, they do eventually get old and need major upgrades. Many have been lost over the years because owners couldn't or wouldn't do that work. That's why the Spirit Awards, started by our own Westside resident, businesswoman and political representative Sallie Clark, is such a good thing by recognizing those who willingly take on those labors from which we all benefit.