Historic Breckenridge building moved to begin restorations
Summit Daily News
After purchasing the historic Springmeyer building in Breckenridge back in February, new owners Jeff and Margarita Palomo are gearing up to restore the structure. On Monday, a crane moved the building, which sits next to the Gold Pan Saloon, back from the street so a foundation can be built and repairs can be made.
“It’s in dire need of restoration,” Margarita said. “I don’t know how much longer it would stand without a foundation. For us, it’s a challenging project but it’s definitely worthwhile.”
The 2,800 square-foot building has two floors and a basement, and is believed to have been built around 1883, although some of the articles Jeff has come across indicate it might have been a few years earlier. It was originally used as a boardinghouse in the late 19th century and later as a residence and for various commercial enterprises – most recently as a real estate office. The property is located within the boundaries of the Breckenridge Historic District, which was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
“At one point it did become a residence of the Springmeyers, and I think that’s how the name carried,” Margarita said.
A cultural survey conducted by Breckenridge’s planning department says the building is also architecturally significant for its early pioneer log construction. The structure has hand-hewn log walls and dovetail corner notching.
The couple, Denver-based investors who also own property in Breckenridge, said the building’s logs and whole interior will be restored.
“The historic fabric is going to be completely exposed,” Jeff said. “It’s a complete historic preservation project.”
Improvements also include a new basement and foundation, new plumbing and a new boiler system. Jeff said he expects the work to take about a month.
The restored upstairs will serve as either an office or residence, and the ground floor and basement are being built out for either retail or a restaurant. The deck out back will also be expanded.
“We love the fact that it’s a historical building on Main Street in Breckenridge,” Margarita said. “Breckenridge is our absolute favorite town.”
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