The Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) has awarded the City of Leadville a grant equaling half the $600,000 price tag for the property. This is a monumental development in the City’s quest to acquire the property from the private owner and breathe new life into it as a community centerpiece for entertainment and gathering. The award includes an additional $15,000 to assist in the development of a market and use feasibility study to identify a sustainable future for the National Treasure.
This level of support brings the City’s fundraising efforts for the purchase nearly to a close and completes fundraising for the feasibility study. Funds from History Colorado’s State Historical Fund, El Pomar Foundation, Boettcher Foundation, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and private individuals are providing matching dollars. Transferring ownership of the National Historic Landmark property to the City is a significant milestone for this ambitious project, bringing it one giant step closer to once again making the Tabor Opera House a vibrant contributor to Leadville’s historic downtown.