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Roof repair begins on St Cloud Hotel

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Work currently underway at the St. Cloud Hotel in Cañon City is aimed at keeping the old building together.

"Right now it's pretty much the top priority to get the roof fixed," said general contractor Rudi Hofmann. 

The big problem with the roof is melting snow.

"That's when we get most of the leakage," Hofmann explained. "When it rains it kind of pretty much runs off, but if you get the snow it sits up there and melts real slow then it starts trickling down the walls."

Over the years, that trickling caused damage to interior walls on the fourth floor. When Hofmann and his crew started pulling the ceiling down, large chunks of plaster came loose.

He's also working with the project architect to address other issues with the rafters that were realized after they exposed them. The masonry on the rear parapet wall also needs some work.

The non-profit group Future of Yesterday Foundation owns the building. They applied for an won a grant from the State Historical Society to repair roof and explore possible issues with the foundation.

"Their goal eventually is to reopen it as a hotel, but they also want to do some new things," Hofmann said. That includes refurbishing the bar and creating a museum space in the main lobby that shows the history of both the St. Cloud and the downtown area itself.

Realistically, it could take five to six years to raise the $3 million needed to fully refurbish the old building, but Hofmann said he is encouraged by the level of support from the community.

"Well, you know, it's an asset to town. I grew up here, and so it's been here my whole life, and it's nice that people want to take care of what they have in town,"

A second 1920's themed "Prohibition Party" will be held at the hotel on December 5 to keep raising money for the restoration.

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