If you’ve been downtown recently, you may have noticed construction barriers, men in hard hats and a bustle of activity around the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. “A few people have called us to find out what the heck is going on,” said Museum Director Matt Mayberry. “The barriers are in place because we in phase two of an exterior restoration project that will ensure that the courthouse, our largest artifact, can continue to serve the community for the next 100 years.”
The project, which was funded through the generous financial support of the State Historical Fund, Downtown Development Authority, Gates Family Foundation, El Paso County Bar Association and numerous private donors, will focus on repairing the stone and masonry of the Museum’s west elevation and clock tower. The repairs will include masonry joints between the block of stone, patching the stone where there is minor damage and weathering, replacing stone where there is major damage, injecting grout into crack and cleaning the entire exterior of the Museum. The project is scheduled for completion in late September of 2012 at a budget of $330,000.
In the meantime, says Mayberry, this is a great time to visit the Museum. “We have a brand new exhibit called Anyplace that is North and West, which is a chronology of African American culture in the Pikes Peak region. We’re also gearing up for a Colorado Day celebration on August 4 which will feature live music, crafts, and other activities for kids and families.”