Cottage Court fundraiser is Saturday in Grand Lake
July 22, 2011
The 100-year-old Smith-Eslick Cottage Court, located at Lake and Vine Street, will host an ice-cream social and fundraiser on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The bash will celebrate the structure’s newly-minted status as historically significant: in June 2010, the rustic cottage was placed on the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties.
Attendees will have the opportunity to indulge in creamy treats donated by Miyauchi’s Snack Bar and City Market, pose for pictures with a 1920s-era Dodge automobile and learn about the role cottage courts played in the evolution of the American West.
“It’s really all about getting the public involved,” explains Jim Cervenka of the Grand Lake Area Historical Society. “Cottage Court is a cultural icon, and its preservation is absolutely imperative. I think any one of our visitors will recognize that and want to support the venture.”
Ultimately, the historical society plans to restore the Cottage Court to its original condition. To recreate the authentic “motor hotel” setting, the local organization hopes to expand into a neighboring lot.
“The additional plot of land will allow us to construct boardwalks, a grassy area and public restrooms. It will become an educational, family-friendly destination. You just can’t beat that.”
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The historical society welcomes any contribution or pledge of support to the Cottage Court Campaign.