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A.R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art, Trinidad, CO

Date: 6/21/2012 - 9/20/2012
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Location: Trinidad, Colorado

The City of Trinidad was one of fifteen communities to receive a Creative District grant from the Colorado Creative Industries, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Louis Fineberg, Trinidad’s planning director, and Paula Little, director of the A.R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art, were in need of technical assistance to make improvements to the historic Jamieson Building in downtown Trinidad, where the museum was located. They contacted CCCD for design ideas, as well as how to best utilize space in the building.

The building was also in need of repairs and renovation, with few ideas for where funding might come from. The Jamieson Building had the potential to serve as a catalyst for other downtown building improvements. Staff from CCCD and CoPR, both centers within CAP, and a graduate students in architecture/landscape architecture, held a two-day design charette in the Jamieson Building in August, 2012. The results included an action plan for high priority repairs and renovations with a time line, list of potential funding sources and a team to implement the action plan.

Project Team: Chris Koziol, CCCD staff, Vickie Berkley, CCCD staff, Ben Wurzer, CCCD student, Abbey Christman, CoPR

Local Participants:Louis Fineberg, Planning Director, City of Trinidad, Karen Wolf, Assistant Planner, City of Trinidad, Tara Marshall, Tourism Director, City of Trinidad, Paula Mitchell, Director, Mitchell Museum, Cosette Henritze, Mitchell Museum

Other Participants:Lee Merkel, DOLA regional manager, Marc Cittone, DOLA Main Street Program, Stephanie Troller, DOLA Main Street Program, Patrice Berglund, A-E Design, Dick Beardmore, A-E Design

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