The Project of the Year for a rehabilitation to a historic home in 2016 was awarded to 313 Sopris, LLC, Jeff Hermanson, for the rehabilitation, addition and historic preservation work of the 1881 residential building located at 313 Sopris Avenue. The Board commended Priscila Palhava and Peter O’Rourke for the sensitivity of this unique historic structure and the attention to detail in the rehabilitation on the project as a whole was greatly appreciated. Each step along the way, O’Rourke and Palhava met with Town Staff and representatives from the Board to ensure that the path of rehabilitation was appropriate for this special building. Uncovering two different types of siding, maintaining as many of the historic windows as possible, the lower “cellar” door and returning to the East elevation entry were all examples of the details you all took to help this building preserve its unique character. This is an iconic building in Crested Butte, as it sits atop the hill on Sopris Avenue. According to the historic building survey, this building was built in 1881, as the Pioneer Apartment Hotel, and is one of the oldest in Crested Butte. Crested Butte founders, Howard Smith and George Holt, erected the building and the Spehar family acquired the building in 1926.