Avon refurbishes Nottingham Power Plant
Vail, CO Colorado
AVON, Colorado -The town of Avon and the Avon Historical Preservation Advisory Committee are working on stabilizing and restoring the Nottingham Power Plant. Town staff will be clearing brush and debris, and will be removing an old wall from the area next week.
In the spring of 2009, the town of Avon received a $20,000 grant from the State Historical Society to stabilize and restore the Nottingham Power Plant. The goal of the project is to protect the power plant from further deterioration and maintain this piece of Avon history.
Phase one of the project involved removing the water wheel by Colorado Mountain College for restoration which is ongoing at their Leadville campus. Phase two, which will be supported by town staff, will complete the project with archeological monitoring, building piers and support beams, and replacing the water wheel completing the refurbishment of the power plant. The restoration efforts will continue while the water levels are low in the Eagle River and are expected to be complete by June 2011.
The Nottingham Power Plant is a self-constructed wooden water wheel that was built on the Eagle River in 1928 to generate electricity for personal use of the Nottingham family. The Nottingham Power Plant received a designation on the State Registry of Historic Properties in November 2006. The Nottingham Power Plant is located along the north bank of the Eagle River on the western end of Avon.