Hotel St. Cloud & Future of Yesteredy Featured in Canon City Daily Record

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Things look virtually silent on the outside, but lots of things are happening beneath, above and inside the historic Hotel St. Cloud.

The Hotel St. Cloud is a cornerstone on historic Main Street and plans are in full swing to restore and open to the public one of the oldest hotels still standing in the State of Colorado.

The Future of Yesterday Foundation, who owns the hotel, has completed a Historic Structure Assessment, completed the fourth-floor flat roof restoration and in April was awarded a $167,722 grant from the Colorado State Historical Fund for foundation stabilization.

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"Working with grants is a time-consuming thing," said James Characky, president of the Board of Directors for the Future of Yesterday Foundation. "But we are moving fast in a slow game called grant cycles."

The Hotel St. Cloud was taken apart brick by brick in Silver Cliff and moved for reassembly to its current location at Seventh and Main streets, where it has stood since 1888. The hotel at 631 Main St., and the entire downtown district, are listed on the National Historic Register.

The cost of the building restoration is expected to be about $3 million, then on top of that, the Future of Yesterday Foundation will invest in beds, linens and everything else needed to get the hotel back up and running.

"When this is said and done, this is going to be downtown's jewel," Characky said. "This is going to be an asset for the central business district. We are planning on going above and beyond in offering good jobs — people will be proud to work for the St. Cloud."

The non-profit organization will continue to oversee the business once it's functioning, Characky said, however, funding is needed now to continue the restoration process.

"The more the community helps, the faster it can get done," Characky said. "If people want to see this project done fast, they need to donate to the GoFundMe (campaign). If everybody in Cañon City could donate $15 — or even $5 — anything helps."

All the proceeds from the GoFundMe account will go toward matching grant dollars and building restoration, Characky said.

The board members are all volunteer, and between the three of them, nearly 40 hours a week is spent working behind the scenes. Characky works full time in real estate/property management and he is a former city councilman.

"I care about this town and I believe in it," he said. "I am just a normal guy with tools in the back of my truck fixing up properties — just a normal guy with a passion for this building and this downtown."

Hiccups, such as broken windows a few times a year, create setbacks in progress and frustration for Characky and the board.

"(The GoFundMe funds) won't even go toward broken windows, it will go toward grants and the restoration of the hotel," he said. "That's where my family is getting frustrated — we are paying for window repairs every year, but people don't want us to board up the windows."

In addition to grants and private donations, funds are raised through the annual Prohibition Party, The Night Market and rental income from parking spaces leased behind the hotel.

The Future of Yesterday Foundation is a 501(c)(3) and all donations are tax deductible. Contributions may be made online at www.gofundme.com/hotelstcloud.

For more information, visit HotelStCloud.com or http://futureofyesterday.org/or call Characky at 719-369-8324.

Visit The Night Market this summer

The Night Market will be held from 5-10 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays in June, July and August at the Carriage House behind the Robison Mansion.

Admission is free. There will be a cash bar, craft cocktails, live music, market stands, merchants and food trucks. Space is available for more vendors.

"A portion of every dollar you spend at The Night Market goes toward the Hotel St. Cloud Restoration Fund," said Maretta Characky, a board member for the Future of Yesterday Foundation.

This summer's band lineup includes:

June 8: Abynormil

June 22: Lynette & Lefty

July 13: Full Impact

July 27: Rodey Garrett

Aug. 10: TBD

Aug. 24: TBD

For more information, email info@hotelstcloud.com

Carie Canterbury: 719-276-7643, canterburyc@canoncitydailyrecord.com