CCD Students Learn Historic Preservation

  • Group of 5 students wearing hard hats
  • HistoriCorps Cabin with scaffolding
  • Students on scaffolding with hammer

Community College of Denver Architectural Technologies students joined the Denver Workforce Historic Preservation Training Program from June 13 -July 1, 2022.  They worked to restore an historic wood frame building at the Katherine Craig Park in Genessee, site of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp that housed the workers who built Red Rocks Amphitheater in the 1930’s.

This unique training program, run under the experienced leadership of the nationally recognized and Morrison, CO-based HistoriCorps in conjunction with Denver Parks and Recreation, included hands-on introductions to traditional carpentry and masonry skills, including tools, materials and techniques, safety guidelines on the worksite, as well as classroom and field-based instruction on historic preservation philosophy and best-practice preservation techniques.

“There is an immediate need to grow the workforce of historic preservation craftspeople. HistoriCorps is committed to developing programs like these that bring young people to traditional trades. Through a hands-on preservation experience, students deepen their understanding of the built environment, and are well-equipped to carry the lessons learned throughout their careers," said Jason Whitehead, executive director of HistoriCorps.

During the three weeks, the CCD Architectural Technology team focused on the removal of deteriorated roof shingles and the careful replacement and repair of damaged rafters and wood decking in preparation for new roofing. Student Tripp Smith, “I had an amazing three weeks working with HistoriCorps! I really want to thank Professor Mark Broyles for encouraging me to give it a shot!”

Student participants (l-r): Manny Garcia,  Sarah Arnold Ferriera,  Andrew Johnson,  Jaheline Saucedo Galindo, and Tripp Smith