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History Colorado Recognizes Pancratia Hall Lofts

Posted on May 17, 2023, by Loretto Community

Pancratia Hall. Photo by the Unfound Door Creative Consulting Agency.

In late April, History Colorado recognized Pancratia Hall Lofts at their annual Stephen H. Hart Awards for outstanding archaeology and historic preservation projects across Colorado. A huge thank you to Mary Nelle Gage SL and Ruth Routten CoL for their continuous work with Pancratia Hall and the folks from Hartman Ely and Proximity Green. Jim Hartman, Susan Ely and Grant Bennett purchased Pancratia Hall from Westside Investment Partners and set about restoring and renovating the former Loretto Academy building.

The building’s cornerstone was laid in 1929, which is recognized on both the national and state historical registers. The Academy closed in the 1940s to become classrooms and a dormitory for Loretto Heights College. After Loretto Heights closed in 1988, Teikyo University used Pancratia Hall for dormitory space for several programs. In 2018 the campus was sold by Teikyo to West Side Investment Partners in Denver. Shortly after, Hartman Ely Investments purchased Pancratia Hall in order to restore the historic building and renovate it to provide 74 affordable housing apartments. Pancratia Hall Lofts is now home to families and individuals in need of affordable housing. Click here to watch History Colorado’s brief video explanation of this project.

From left, Ruth Routten, Jim Hartman, Mary Nelle Gage and Marg Utz.
The Stephen H. Hart Award.
From left, Dawn DiPrince (History Colorado executive director), Jim Hartman, Susan Ely, Grant Bennett, Lydia Peña, Mary Nelle Gage, Marg Utz, Bill Brummett (project architect) and Margaret Brugger (Commún Denver).

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