Historic renovation and repairs pose special considerations when it comes to roofing. Attention to aesthetics and understanding of the architectural styles are paramount. Equally important are the applications of technical advances in products that simply weren't available when these buildings were first constructed. Arapahoe Roofing & Sheet Metal has decades of experience working on Denver and Colorado's premiere structures. Our expertise has allowed us to take on projects in all parts of the Rocky Mountain Region and beyond. We appreciate the significance of these buildings to our community and take great pride in the finished product we deliver.
Pueblo Union Depot is the historic railroad station in Pueblo, Colorado. It was built in the Richardsonian Romanesque style in 1889-1890 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. Considered one of the finest railroad depot stations west of the Mississippi River, it was designed by Frank V. Newall of the Chicago firm of Sprague and Newall and was intended to accommodate heavy traffic. Mosaic flooring, polished wainscoting, stained glass windows, and 1,000 lb. wrought iron chandeliers welcomed travelers. Some stayed at the hotel accommodations offered on the top two floors of the depot. A full-course meal served by uniformed wait staff (including the steak entrée) could be had for a mere $1.
In 1921, the Depot clock tower rising 150 feet skyward was damaged by floods and lowered 30 ft in 1929. The Golden Era of Train Travel lasted from the 1920s to the 1950s. During WWII, the Depot routed civilian and military passengers from 40+ trains a day. On April 30, 1971, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe No. 200-201 made its final stop at the depot.
In 1990, investors pooled funds to return the depot to star status. Today, the depot is a boutique shopping experience akin to that of Faneuil Hall in Boston or Larimer Square in Denver. Unique loft apartments top the third and fourth floors.
Arapahoe Roofing and Sheet Metal replaced the roof of the extensive depot as part of the remarkable revitalization project.
Shortly after celebrating the school’s centennial anniversary, Dora Moore School at 846 Corona St. in Denver faced an estimated $1.8 million in structural repairs. The brick building has ashlar stone trim, arches, square corner towers topped by bell shaped domes, and terra cotta trim and friezes.
The historic windows were inoperable. The roof and gutters were leaking. Peeling green, lead based paint masked the historic masonry and trapped moisture within the walls while stone and mortar was starting to crumble due to deteriorating bricks. The School District, with major financial assistance from the State Historical Fund (approximately $200,000), put together a major restoration plan ($1.75m) to ensure the landmark structure will continue to serve neighborhood school children. All aspects of the elaborate restoration plan were consistent with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
Arapahoe Roofing and Sheet Metal replaced the roof of the 100-year-old structure thus saving the school’s detailed façade.
Trinity United Methodist Church at E. 18th Ave. and Broadway in Denver, Colorado, was built in 1887 under the direction of Henry Augustus Buchtel, later chancellor of the University of Denver and Governor of Colorado, and added to the National Register in 1970. Frederick Albert Hale (1855–1934) assisted architect Robert S. Roeschlaub (1843–1923) in the design of the gothic structure.
Intricately carved Castle Rock rhyolite (formed by compressed hot volcanic ash) was used around windows and at the roofline. Decorative turrets flank the central gabled roof, and the square tower at the northwest corner has an elaborately carved cornice featuring a female’s head and stylized foliage. Rhyolite can be smooth-cut, carved with ornamental details, or rusticated—all three of which were used in construction of the house of worship. The majority of the church has gray or pinkish-colored stone, while buff-colored stone was used as an accent. The large nave seats 1,200 to 1,300 people, and a pipe organ designed by G.A. Audsley of London and built by Hilborne Roosevelt of New York, one of only 12 known Roosevelt pipe organs in the country.
Arapahoe Roofing and Sheet Metal replaced the roof of Trinity Methodist Church.
Denver Union Station at 17th and Wynkoop Streets is the main railway station in Denver with the A Train to DIA, the Ski Train to Winter Park seasonally, Light Rail from all points in the suburbs and Amtrak service to all points across the USA.
In 2012, the station, built in 1881, underwent a wholesale renovation to include development of the Crawford Hotel, restaurants, retail and more. Arapahoe Roofing And Sheet Metal was the contractor responsible for retooling and refurbishing the roof on the station using Ludowici Clay Tile system and a tapered EPDM on the low slope.
Arapahoe Roofing was awarded 1st Place in Division IV by the Colorado Roofing Association for this project that had it all. It had safety issues, access problems, unique job circumstances, extreme public exposure, HOV lane closures, major government restrictions, 3rd party inspections, OSHA, the EPA and the Historical Society.
When the new roof on the Denver Civic Center was wrapped, bells rang. Seriously. When the city replaced the roofs on the city and county buildings, the 1% art fee required by law was used to commission a new version of courthouse bells. $5,000 was awarded to Kevin Padworski for his bell arrangement.
The bells were gifted to the city in 1932, the largest weighing in at 5,000 lbs.
After more than eight years of design and construction, the final cornerstone of Denver’s City & County Building was laid in 1932. The grand classical building is symmetrically aligned with the State Capitol Building.
The building houses Denver Courts and the Clerk & Recorder.
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