The purpose of the Georgetown Trust for Conservation and Preservation Inc. (Trust) is the preservation and interpretation of the cultural and natural assets of the Georgetown-Silver Plume National Historic Landmark District. The Georgetown-silver Plume Landmark District is recognized nationally as a premier site for the interpretation of the 19th century Rocky Mountain Region silver mining boom.
The Trust was formed by Historic Georgetown, Inc. (HGI) as a subsidiary 501(c)(3) in 2003 in order to expand the preservation mission in the community beyond the management of the museum properties. The Trust has taken the role of management of Landmark District visitor services, rehabilitation and adaptive use of historic properties and local advocacy for preservation.
The goals of the Trust are to acquire, restore, preserve, rehabilitate and/or reconstruct historically significant resources in the Landmark District and immediate area; to educate those who visit or travel through Georgetown about our district’s rich history; and to engage in the conservation and preservation of open lands around Georgetown. The buildings rehabilitated by the Trust are intended for adaptive uses in the community. The 1974 Georgetown School House serves as the most prominent example of positive reuse.
The construction, maintenance and operation of the Georgetown Gateway Visitor Center is the first, and highly successful, project of the Georgetown Trust. The acquisition and restoration of the 1874 Schoolhouse is the most recent and most dramatic project of the Trust. The Trust also currently manages the Mahany House, an adaptive reuse as a commercial and affordable housing project, and the McCreedy House, a residential rental.