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"When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for our use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will look upon with praise and thanksgiving in their hearts."

~John Ruskin

Historic preservation is a close cousin to sustainability… they belong in the same family. Historic preservation requires saving older buildings. Sustainability requires creating buildings that last for a long time. See the link? If we can create buildings that last for centuries, that is sustainable. If we can re-use buildings that were made a century ago, that is sustainable.

The Ewers Architecture office is in a renovated 1860s schoolhouse. Peter Ewers’ house was originally built in the 1880s. Both are now modernized and ready for the next century. In addition to these two projects, and the projects images shown on the side of this page, a few select historic Ewers Architecture projects include:
• Several “Historic Structure Assessments”, financed by the State of Colorado, to detail the correct method of restoring historic properties
• Working with the Golden Landmark Association and the City of Golden to create the 8th & 9th Street Historic District and the East Street Historic District
• Working for the Golden Urban Renewal Authority to upgrade historic facades in downtown Golden
• Relocating and restoring an entire building from the Estes Motel on West Colfax Avenue to the Lakewood Cultural Center
• Designing a shade structure outside the Old Flour Mill for the Arvada Historical Society
• Pro-bono projects for the Friends of the Astor House Museum to enhance usage of this important building
• Countless remodels, additions and adaptive reuse projects in historic districts around the Denver metro area

With the right mix of restoration, reuse and upgrades, we can not only save important historic architectural gems, we can also divert a large amount of construction debris from the landfill. That is sustainability and preservation working hand in hand.