Following the 2013 flood, the Lyons Depot had substantial damage, leaving it nearly unusable: its floor practically gone, and its collections in jeopardy. Built in 1885, the building operated as a train depot until the 1960s. The Depot was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, before it was revamped into the Lyons Depot in 1984. In 2015, the History Colorado State Historical Fund funded both interior and exterior rehabilitation of the library, as well as archaeological monitoring, among other things. The restoration was completed in April 2016. Rehabilitating the Lyons Depot preserved the history of the depot, and brought an important town resource back to life after disaster.
Bryan Construction is intimately familiar with rehabilitation work and partnerships involving State funds. With each rehabilitation project, we work closely with the total project team to bring their research and vision of how to preserve the structures to fruition. Many times these projects are not merely project with construction goals, but rather they are projects of the heart that generate deep rooted feelings and contain rich historical significance to the community.
The Lyons Depot Restoration project has since been awarded the Heritage Roundtable Local History and Preservation Honor Award as well as the Downtown Colorado, Inc.’s (DCI) Governor’s Award for Downtown Excellence, for Best Adaptive Reuse or Rehabilitation in a Small Community Category.
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