REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL
Preparation of National Historic Landmark Nomination for
Temple Aaron (5LA.2179.12), Trinidad, Colorado
December 7, 2018
Colorado Preservation, Inc. (CPI) is seeking the services of a qualified consultant to prepare a complete National Historic Landmark (NHL) nomination for Temple Aaron (5LA.2179.12) in Trinidad (Las Animas County), Colorado, according to requirements specified in this Request for Proposals (RFP). The contract is to be administered by CPI and the work prepared for and completed in coordination with the National Park Services National Historic Landmarks Program, Intermountain Region (NPS). Interested consultants should submit a proposal and cost estimate in response to this RFP to CPI no later than 5:00 p.m. MST on January 11, 2019. Electronic copies of proposals may be directed to Kim Grant, Endangered Places Program Director, Colorado Preservation, Inc., at email@example.com.
National Historic Landmarks are nationally significant historic places designated by the Secretary of the Interior because they possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States. Currently, nearly 2,600 historic places bear this national distinction. The purpose of the current project is to produce a complete NHL nomination for Temple Aaron in Trinidad, Colorado.
Temple Aaron was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on February 28 1973 as contributing to the Corazon de Trinidad historic district; however, the nomination did not address Temple Aarons individual significance. Renowned regional architect Isaac Hamilton Rapp (Bulger & Rapp) laid the cornerstone of the synagogue in a ceremony on June 18, 1889. Research supports the assertion that Temple Aaron was the second oldest continuously operating synagogue west of the Mississippi practicing in its original building and location, until forced by a dwindling congregation to partially close in September 2016.
Temple Aaron is an exceptionally important example of American Jewish architecture in the Exotic Revival style integrating key Reform motifs with extremely high integrity. In addition to discussing the buildings architectural significance, the nomination should also explore Trinidad and the synagogues role in shaping Jewish settlement in the American West.
Completion of the project is intended to promote greater public and private understanding of American history for their mutual benefit and for the people of the United States, as well as for future generations, so that they can enjoy the historic resources identified and designated as NHLs by the Secretary of the Interior.
Required Consultant Qualifications
The selected consultant should be a qualified historian or architectural historian with demonstrated experience in successfully preparing NHL nominations and/or theme studies, and be capable of preparing a complete NHL nomination for Temple Aaron for presentation to the National Historic Landmarks Committee of the National Park System Advisory Board.
The consultant, at minimum, shall meet the following qualification requirements:
a) Meet the qualifications for a Historian or Architectural Historian as defined by the Secretary of Interiors Standards for Professional Qualifications.
b) Have experience evaluating and nominating historic properties for listing in the National Register of Historic Places or for designation as National Historic Landmarks. Experience evaluating and nominating nationally significant properties and demonstrated knowledge of the NHL Program and nomination process is preferred. Knowledge and experience with nineteenth- and twentieth-century American Jewish history is highly desired.
If the consultant comprises a consulting firm or team, then a Principal Investigator must be designated for the project. The Principal Investigator must meet the minimum qualification requirements specified above, and must agree to be principally responsible for all work conducted by other consultant personnel for the project. The individual selected as the Principal Investigator may not change during the project without prior written approval of CPI.
Scope of Work
The project will produce a finished and fully complete NHL nomination for Temple Aaron in Trinidad, Colorado, for presentation to the NHL Committee of the National Park System Advisory Board. The selected consultant will be expected to complete the following tasks: