The City of Salida was fortunate to be awarded funds from the Colorado Historical Society to assist with the exterior rehabilitation of the former Denver & Rio Grande Railroad Hospital. Although the remodel of the interior was completed in March 2010, the exterior rehabilitation of the original hospital buildingbegan in the Fall of 2010. It is hoped that these improvements will breathe another 100 years of life into this building originally constructed in 1900.
Rehabilitation efforts include the following items:
• Construct and install two wooden doorways including door, sidelites and double transoms
• Remove stucco porch ceiling and rehabilitate original wood bead board ceiling
• Repair, replace where necessary and re-paint porch balustrade at second floor
• Repair brick and stone masonry
• Rehabilitate and re-paint cast gypsum frieze
• Re-paint railing of south porch, pressed metal fascias and soffits at both upper and lower roofs
• Repair and repaint wooden columns
• Additive alternate for additional painting
• Additive alternate for manufacture, installation and painting of missing frieze units
After a competitive bid process the project was awarded to the low bidder, UpScale Builders, of Pueblo. The project was completed in July, 2011.
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