December 10, 2010

South Park City Awarded Grant to Restore Brewery Building
Matching grant funds need to be raised before construction can begin

By Laura Van Dusen

South Park Historical Foundation Inc., owner of South Park City Museum, received a congratulations letter on Nov. 16 from the Colorado State Historical Fund announcing that its grant application for $90,334 had been awarded for restoration of the South Park Brewery building, also known as the Summer Brewery building.

“Considering today’s economy and the shortage of grant money, this is really good news for South Park City,” said Jim Sapp, a member of the board of trustees for the South Park Historical Foundation, in an email.

The grant will pay 75 percent of the restoration estimate of $120,445 for Phase I of needed repairs for the brewery building.

The Phase I South Park Brewery restoration will include repair of cracked mortar joints, replacement of mismatched mortar, and repair of the foundation and roof. Weathered and cracked windows and doors will be restored. The electrical system will be updated and lighting will be replaced. There are hopes for construction to begin in April or May. This photo of the front of the brewery showing mortar and window damage was taken in August 2010. (Photo by Laura Van Dusen/The Flume)

Phase I will focus on exterior restoration to repair cracked mortar, replacement of mismatched mortar, and repair or replacement of the foundation and roof. Weathered and cracked windows and doors will be restored. Phase I also will include work inside the building to upgrade the electrical system and replace showcase lighting.

The remaining 25 percent, or $30,111, will need to be raised by the historical foundation before a contract can be signed with the state and the $90,334 can be disbursed for the brewery building.

“We do not have solid commitments for the cash match of $30,111, (but) several private foundations have said that when we get our State Historical Fund grant, they will favorably look at providing the cash match,” said Harley Hamilton, president of the board of trustees of the South Park Historical Foundation.

Last August during Living History Day, the board of trustees launched a drive to raise matching funds with its “Bricks-N-Bottles” campaign. The board has raised close to $8,900 with that campaign, leaving about $21,200 in matching funds still needed before the contract with the state can be signed. The ‘Bricks-N-Bottles’ campaign is still active even though the museum’ is closed for the season. Contributions are being accepted through South Park City’s Web site at by clicking on “Help restore the Summer Brewery”

For the bottles part of the “Bricks-N-Bottles” campaign, the South Park Historical Foundation is offering the opportunity to have a person’s name placed on a bottle label of South Park Lager Beer. The beer bottle will be showcased in either the entry or exit of the restored brewery building.

For the bricks part of the campaign, a person’s name or message, up to three lines of 20 spaces each, will be engraved on a brick paver that will be used on the floor of either the exit or entryway of the restored brewery

“We will continue this matching fund (Bricks-N-Bottles) campaign for Phase II of the project,” said Hamilton.

Phase II of the project is for interior work in the brewery and is scheduled for 2012.

Specific milestones in 2011 have been targeted. “We hope to have the contract signed with the state sometime in January, plans ready by March, contracts for construction approved in April and work beginning (in) April or May,” said Hamilton. “If things go as projected, the job should be done by November 2011.”

He went on to say that the only thing that could delay the plan is not getting matching funds approved before mid- January

The project engineer will be Neil Katz, a Colorado Springs- based architect who has worked on South Park City projects for many years and is well-regarded in the field of historic restoration work. Bids for the construction work will be solicited from local firms knowledgeable in historic restoration, according to Hamilton.

“The State Historical Fund was created by the 1990 constitutional amendment allowing limited gaming in the towns of Cripple Creek, Central City and Black Hawk. The amendment directs that a portion of the gaming tax revenues be used for historic preservation throughout the state. Funds are distributed through a competitive process and all projects must demonstrate strong public benefit and community support. Grants vary in size, from ‘a few hundred dollars to amounts in excess of $200,000,” according to the Web site for the Colorado Office of Archeology and Historic Preservation at