After years of studies, plans and efforts, we are pleased to announce the opening of the new Center for the Arts Evergreen at 31880 Rocky Village Rd. Purchased in October, 2015 the site 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 remains, but cutting-edge design, technology and function was 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 $1.5 million project provides the mountain community a state-of-the-art facility. The Phase I renovation of the existing structure includes a large gallery that can be used for gatherings; two permanent classrooms with storage areas, bathrooms, break room, and offices for staff.
A Phase II addition is planned in the future 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.
In 2016, the structure was granted a Historic Landmark designation from the Jefferson County, Colorado Historical Commission.
The east section includes a one-room school house dating to the 1880’s which formerly served the Soda Creek area. The multi-faceted glasswork came from the Lowry Air Force Base Chapel. Most recently the building served the Bergen Park Free Evangelical Church congregation.
Built of wood frame with sections dating back to the 1920s, the East Section rested on cinder block with floor joists over a dirt floor. The West Section rests on a concrete slab. CAE’s renovations maintained the exterior façade preserving the historical nature of the structure.
New Floor Plan
The flooring was torn out and excavated where needed, then replaced with a grade level floor allowing for ADA accessibility. All electrical and mechanical has now been replaced with modern efficient and safe technology. Additionally ADA compliant rest rooms, administrative offices, and a kitchen/food prep area are completed.
Phase II will consist of a utilitarian structure to the rear of the main building. It will house ceramics, kilns, and an upper level studio space. Construction is predicated on future funding levels and will be announced in late 2018.
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Ponzio Family Gallery
The West area houses the gallery/events area with a performance stage and lecture area.
The Central Section and East Section now houses an open area which can be converted to three classrooms or gallery space.
Your continued financial support and enlisting others to join this worthy cause is deeply appreciated.