Colorado is full of beautiful, historic buildings that have been around for decades if not centuries. However, it goes without saying that these historic buildings need to be taken care of, otherwise they become not-so-beautiful.

A historic building in Trinidad, Colorado almost met its demise from years of neglect, but was luckily given some care from local residents and is now, arguably, better than ever.

Keep scrolling to learn about, and see before and after photos of what was once known as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, but today is just affectionately known as Mt. Carmel.

History of Trinidad Colorado's Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church

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Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church was built back in 1907 at 909 Robinson Avenue, where it still stands today. Mt. Carmel was a Catholic church and was frequented by a largely Italian American community that called Trinidad home.

Many of the churchgoers were also families of coal miners, farmers, and railroad workers. However, after sitting for nearly a century, Mt. Carmel needed some serious work which, luckily, it got.

Trinidad Colorado's Mt. Carmel Gets a Facelift

In 2007, Mt. Carmel had become a sorry shell of its former self, and the future of the building remained in question. The roof was caved in in certain areas, the windows were barred, and the memory of the building that stood on Robinson Avenue back in the early 1900s was just that, a memory.

However, some concerned citizens got together and not only revamped the building, but transformed Mt. Carmel into not just a church, but added a health and wellness center as well.

Today, Mt. Carmel's chapel is in much better shape, and the building is the only one of its kind in Trinidad to offer medical, health and wellness care, and has its own chapel onsite as well.

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