Restoration of this historic 1907 lodge in Pine Grove, CO and creation of a coffee house, natural restaurant and community garden!
Kickstarter is All or Nothing... so if we do not reach our goal all donations are returned. Our goal is to fund this project, and complete The Lodge... Please help us with a donation of any size... We will respect and make the most of each and every donation!
Why restore the lodge?
In this area, we drive a long way for fresh hot coffee, baked goods or an organic meal. We kept driving past this building saying... what if there was a coffee house right here... and everyone we asked from local residents to visitors agreed. After researching the building we discovered it was a historic lodge in need of restoration. We didn't want to lose this important part of our history, so we decided to make our vision a reality... to restore this fine building and bring fresh natural and organic cooking to The Lodge at Pine Grove!
We want to keep it fresh and local! We partnered with Elevation Coffee to create our own signature and organic coffee blends perfect for high altitude brewing! We will use produce from Grower's Organic in Denver to create a healthy nutritious menu offering Traditional, Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free selections. We will bake daily, everything from fresh bread to biscotti.
The Lodge at Pine Grove
Built in 1907 as an Odd Fellows Lodge, this historic building once provided lodging for tradesmen. For many years the lodge has sat half renovated, unoccupied and looking forgotten. We purchased the lodge to save it, restore the historic character and create a gathering place for the community and visitors to the area. Now named The Lodge at Pine Grove, we will have a display in the dining area to tell the history of this building.
Located southwest of Denver, the mountain community of Pine Grove is filled with history, outdoor activity and amazing views. Nearby Pike National Forest and Pine Valley Ranch provide trails for everything from hiking to horseback riding. The South Platte River offers world class fly fishing and scenic areas to float and kayak. Winter activities are fun for the whole family! A historic walking tour of Pine Grove includes the Pine Community Center, Pine Mercantile and stop No. 12 ~ The Odd Fellows Lodge!
A coffee house with a conscience.
Everything we do will be in consideration of our community and the environment. Whether we are recycling materials to restore The Lodge or donating coffee to local Fire Departments, our actions will reflect our mission.
We want to save this fine building... it was built to provide shelter and fellowship to people in an era when Pine Grove was flourishing. With hard work, it can be that place again... where parents gather in the garden with their children, friends meet for lunch and visitors are welcomed to this community.
In the video our friends Andy and Emily are playing music and they will be playing at the lodge! The walls of the lodge will showcase the work of local artists and photographers. Our general store area will have Made in Colorado products and feature the Women's Bean Project in Denver.
Architect Steve Harrison has joined our project and created a plan to restore the historic character of The Lodge using recycled and renewable resources. We will do a lot of the work ourselves and we have contractor who will work beside us as needed. We have just received our structural permits for the lodge! Please check out the Updates Tab to see our progress!
Foundation: The foundation is solid and has been certified by an engineer!
Water: We have a brand new well and green septic system which is gentle on the environment.
Roof: Rebuild the historic roof line. Re-purpose the metal roof to be the ceiling inside the lodge. Re-purpose the original shake roof as well. Install a new energy efficient shingle roof to meet code.
Windows: Install windows with a historic character that are energy efficient.
Entrances: Rebuild front and back entrances. Build a new ADA compliant side entrance, ramp and path to accessible parking. Steve has designed a historic front porch, including benches to relax with a hot cup of coffee!
Floor: I carefully removed the wide plank floor to refinish and reinstall. The extra boards will be used to create tables for the dining area and the garden. We are raising the main beam, leveling the floor, adding footings and additional joists.
Finish Work: Recycle trim, doors and fixtures from architectural salvage yards. We found light fixtures in town at the Pine Emporium! Finish interior walls with Beetle Kill Pine, which is standing dead timber milled to created lumber. Once stained the walls will again reflect a charming old lodge.
Kitchen: Install a commercial kitchen for natural and organic baking and cooking. We are passionate about providing healthy food for our customers!
Future Projects: Restore exterior with historic wood siding. Create an outdoor dining and sitting area open to all visitors. The Lodge sits on almost half an acre and the garden area will be eco-friendly, so that it requires very little water to maintain.
Please consider donating any amount no matter how small... Kickstarter is all or nothing and if we don't reach our goal all donations will be returned...
We are raising funds to restore the structure of The Lodge. When the structural work is complete we will be able to install our kitchen and open our doors! If we are able to raise additional funds more of the historical restoration work can be completed and more work can be done on the outdoor space.
This project will reach out into the community providing work for an architect, engineer, carpenter, electrician, plumber, etc. When the lodge is complete we will be providing work for assistants to bake, cook and work at The Lodge, as well as musicians, artists and photographers to share their work.
Without your help this historic building cannot be saved. We will respect and make the most of each and every donation!
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