Volunteer-based historic preservation project in Breckenridge
June 22, 2010
BRECKENRIDGE – The Klack Placer Cabin, believed to be one of Breckenridge’s oldest residences, has been receiving some much-needed TLC this year thanks to a large volunteer effort.
The Klack Placer Cabin is a one-story log cabin that contributes to Breckenridge’s Nationally Recognized Historic District, one of the largest historic districts in the state. It is estimated that the cabin was built in the 1880s during Breckenridge’s heyday as a mining town. In an effort to learn more about the cabin’s past, an in-depth study of the building’s architecture and history will soon be complete. Currently, the cabin is owned by the Town of Breckenridge.
In 2009, the cabin was in poor condition. The roof was compromised, wooden floor beams were rotten and the building was sinking into the ground causing additional deterioration. Recognizing a unique opportunity to protect the Klack Cabin, the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance set out to find volunteer materials and labor to save the building.
Three key members of the community immediately stepped up to support this project. The Theobald Family donated all the roofing materials, consisting of rough sawn planks that resemble roofs of similar historic structures in the community. Tony Harris of Harris Construction provided donated labor to install a new roof and floor, and the Breckenridge Building Center generously donated materials for the roof substrate and new floor.
“Because our great community realizes the need to continue historic preservation, even in economically challenging times, they are stepping forward to make this effort happen” said Larry Crispell, board member of the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance.
Final work on the Klack Placer Cabin is scheduled for completion this week.