Each autumn, in recognition of exemplary historic preservation efforts, the Cheyenne Historic Preservation Board (CHPB) awards a non-residential business or entity for its contributions in preserving Cheyenne’s commercial-built heritage and their significant efforts to preserve, restore, or reconstruct their property.
This year’s LeClercq Jones Award has been presented to The Metropolitan and the Gallery at The Met (Sam and Stacey Galeotos). The award presentation was on earlier this week, on Tuesday, November 19 during a private ceremony. They said, “Thank you to the Cheyenne Historic Preservation Board for presenting us with the award and recognizing our hard work in preserving a significant piece of Cheyenne History”.
This year marks the eighth annual awarding of the LeClercq Jones Award. LeClercq Jones was President of Frontier Printing for 35 years and is most recognized for his tireless efforts in documenting Cheyenne in pictures, newspaper clippings, historic research, and oral histories. His time-lapsed images of Cheyenne street fronts, taken in 10-year increments from the same vantage point, offer significant historical context for Downtown’s growth and change.
The main goal of the Historic Preservation Board is the preservation of historic places and spaces to remember, learn from, and take pride in the city’s past. The CHPB also undertakes multiple events throughout the year. In addition to the LeClercq Jones Award, they award a prestigious residential homeowner with the Dubois Award in May. The Board also hosts the annual Tour the Legend in September; a historic buildings tour that allows citizens to tour historic buildings and fraternities that have been graciously opened up by the owner(s).
The CHPB also undertakes multiple preservation projects throughout the year, working with monetary assistance through grants provided by the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office and the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund to preserve and protect buildings and other landmarks throughout Cheyenne. The current project focuses on phase one restoration of the Historic Airport Fountain on 8th Avenue (with more fundraising efforts needed for the terra cotta restoration phase). Last year the Board updated the Capitol North Historic District and completed restoration of the Warren Rest House in Holliday Park.
If you’re interested in seeing the building, The Metropolitan is open Tuesday through Saturday. It is located at the corner of 17th and Carey in downtown Cheyenne, at 1701 Carey Avenue.