Greenland Post Office restoration
Information and photo provided by Douglas County
The Greenland area located south of Castle Rock is known for its views and open space. Although, Douglas County’s investment in the area extends beyond maintaining the hiking trails. The County, along with the Historic Preservation Board, has also made a commitment to preserving the historic Greenland Townsite resources.
Thanks in part to a $156,000 grant from the Colorado State Historical Fund (SHF), work to reconstruct and stabilize the Greenland Post Office is currently underway and will protect this historic building from future settlement and deterioration.
The post office, along with its outbuildings, are some of the only remaining buildings in the Greenland Townsite considered to be historically significant. Operating from 1873 until 1959, it was a central element of the cultural and social growth of the community, with residents of the Town of Greenland coming to their post office to catch up on local news and learn about what was happening elsewhere in the County.
Landmarked sites like the Greenland Townsite help contribute to an understanding of the local identity and culture and can provide real-life educational experiences.
In the coming months, the concrete foundation will be restored and improvements to site grading and drainage will be made to keep excess water away from the building in the future. To watch the progress, follow along on the County’s Instagram account @douglascountyco.co
Initial work to restore the roof of the post office and stabilize the foundation took place in 2016 and was also partly funded with an SHF grant.
To learn more about historic preservation in Douglas County, visit https://www.douglas.co.us/about-us/historic-preservation/.