After years of studies, plans and efforts, CAE can finally celebrate the purchase of the former Bergen Park Church to serve Evergreen and the mountain community.
Center for the Arts Evergreen is proud to announce that the future home for the center, which was purchased in October, 2015, has received a Historical Designation from Jefferson County. Part of the building was the original Soda Creek school house which dates back to the late 1880s. The former Bergen Park Church (located on Hwy. 65 in Bergen Park, Evergreen) is a historic structure in Evergreen that was in danger of demolition. The preservation of this building was a compelling reason to choose this the site for the new Center. The historic integrity of the building will remain, but cutting-edge design, technology and function will be the focus of its transformation.
We are proud to have preserved this part of Evergreen’s history. The old school house is only part of the building. The $2 million project will provide CAE a state-of-the-art facility. The Phase I renovation of the existing structure will include a large gallery that can be used for large gatherings; a smaller second gallery, allowing CAE to run two shows simultaneously, two permanent classrooms with storage areas, bathrooms, break room, and offices for staff.
A Phase II addition is planned providing a lower level that opens out to a courtyard for clay, glass and other ‘hot’ arts to be created. The upper level will provide additional ‘clean’ multi-use classrooms. With your financial support, concurrent construction of both Phases would allow us to lower overall project costs.
The Capital Campaign will now shift into high gear to complete the goal of raising $2 million dollars to make the new Center a spectacular facility to continue to serve our community in our exciting future.