10 Jul Crawford Town Hall | Crawford, Colorado

The giant red heart painted on the exterior of the old Crawford school isn’t just for decoration. It’s a symbol of how locals view the 1913 structure that has come to be known as the “heart of the community.”

The Western Slope town of Crawford and the surrounding area have a population of approximately 1,900, and the old schoolhouse served four generations of the community’s schoolchildren before being deeded to the town in 1982. Since that time it has served as the town hall and central community facility, playing host to public meetings, social gatherings, family reunions and annual events like Pioneer Days, Old Timers/New Comers potlucks and the annual Festival of Lights.

In 2008, a series of public meetings were conducted to discuss the future of the building, which was in need of renovation. Residents overwhelmingly wanted to preserve and renovate the unique stone building for continued use as the town hall and community center.

The renovation of the school building is being completed in two phases. The first phase consisted of the preservation and reconstruction of the exterior features of historic significance and was completed in 2012. The second phase includes preservation and reconstruction of the interior features of historic significance; electrical and mechanical upgrades; and remodeling the interior to provide space for larger groups, a commercial kitchen, two smaller meeting rooms, town hall offices and ADA-compliant bathrooms.

The Boettcher Foundation was happy to support this project with a $25,000 grant, to be used as needed during both phases of the renovation. The Crawford Town Hall’s ability to connect and serve the community in a multi-use facility made it an ideal capital grant.

While foundation and government resources have helped fund the project, the renovation would not have come to fruition without the steadfast support of community members who rallied to maintain this local institution.

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