The Mancos Common Press is a 1900’s newspaper shop historically restored as an educational print studio located in Mancos, Colorado. We hold workshops, artist residencies, host events, and collaborate with area schools and organizations. Through the design and production of posters, cards, art prints, and other print projects, we preserve the craft of traditional letterpress printing. The Mancos Common Press doubles as a museum, with equipment, newspaper archives and artifacts that date back close to 140 years
The Mancos Times-Tribune Building is located at 135 West Grand Avenue in downtown Mancos, a small town of about 1300 in the Four Corners Region of southwest Colorado. Built in 1911, it has served as the offices for the local newspaper, The Mancos-Times Tribune until the early 2000s. The building is unique for only serving a single function and owner throughout its over 100 year history. It was also in a remarkable state of preservation, making it an excellent case for studying the development of late 19th and early 20th century construction technologies. Through the study of period literature, materials analysis, and review of conservation techniques for each material, a well-informed conservation program was developed to restore the building for future use by a town with a growing interest in preserving its heritage.
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MCP is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
The Cranston Press
Our working Cranston Press stands close to 8 feet tall and few still exist nationwide. This press is capable of producing prints of up to 24-by-36 inches, the size of a full newspaper spread. It is a rare privilege to have access to a huge letterpress like this and a wonder to see it in action.
PRESERVING OUR HISTORIC PAST
• This project is paid for in part by a History Colorado – State Historical Fund grant. •