The Centennial School

Dora Moore School

Denver, CO

Colorado Historical Society: Governor's Award
Historic Denver, Inc.: Preservation Award

Dora Moore School was built to last 100 years—and it did. Thanks to the exemplary stewardship of Denver Public Schools, an extremely skilled masonry restoration contractor, and a committed architectural and engineering team- led by Humphries Poli Architects- the cornerstone of the ethnically diverse Capitol Hill neighborhood will last another 100 years. In honor of their efforts, Governor Bill Owens presented the team with the Second Annual Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation in 2004.

Shortly after celebrating the school’s centennial anniversary, Dora Moore School faced an estimated $1.8 million in structural repairs. The historic windows showed years of water damage and had become inoperable. The roof and gutters were leaking, causing water damage to the detailed façade. 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 for another 100 years. All aspects of the elaborate restoration plan were consistent with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.


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