Colorado Historical Society

Silver Plume, Colorado

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Silver Plume, a National Historic District, is located 60 miles west of Denver at an elevation of 9,400 feet.  This new building was commissioned by the Colorado Historical Society at the Silver Plume railyards, the western terminal of the historically important Georgetown Loop Railroad.  The building allows casual visitors, Loop Railroad tourists and scholars to view large-scale artifacts in their original context. 

The museum was designed to display an engine/tender and four other finely restored antique railcars that represent a cross-section of rolling stock from the narrow gauge era.The 5,000 SF, single-room building is constructed of modest materials in a form that conveys an appropriate sense of railyard structures from the historical period, while avoiding literal replication.

The project was honored with Awards for Design Excellence from AIA Denver, AIA Colorado  and  Western Mountain Region AIA.