Last Friday afternoon, town staff and members of the Locke family gathered for the official dedication of the first Buena Vista Historic Preservation Commission local landmark.

The Locke home on Cedar Street received one of 10 plaques HPC plans to put up marking historic structures.

This marks the HPC’s move toward marketing and building BV’s reputation for heritage tourism, HPC president John O’Brien said.

The home, built around 1890, was locally landmarked by the town in 2017, the first to be named a local landmark since the town became a Certified Local Government in 2016. The home has been in the Locke family for 75 years.

O’Brien said that BV’s certified local government status allows the town to tap into some of the millions of dollars Colorado has set aside for historic preservation.

It would connect locally landmarked structures like the Cedar Street house, as well as the East Main Street building that is now (although not for much longer) home to the Jailhouse Craft Beer Bar and the old Chaffee County Courthouse, now the Buena Vista Heritage Museum, with tax credits to help finance structural repairs.

In the Locke’s case, they’ll be using the funds to repair their home’s roof.

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