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Landmark Preservation Ordinance Update 2018

Image of two homes in the Curtis Park historic district

About the project

Denver Landmark Preservation was created by the Denver City Council through the adoption of Denver's landmark preservation ordinance (Chapter 30 of the Denver Revised Municipal Code) in 1967 to foster the protection, enhancement, perpetuation, and use of structures and districts of historical, architectural, and/or geographic significance. Since then, the ordinance has been updated numerous times, most recently in 2012, to ensure the Denver's preservation program aligns with construction and preservation standards as well as other city processes and policies.

In 2018, a task force will once again review and potentially update the landmark ordinance. The task force will consider ways the preservation process could become more collaborative and address conflicts that sometimes emerge from historic district designations and individual landmark designations opposed by property owners, with a focus on balancing property rights with community interest in the preservation of Denver history, architecture and neighborhood character. The task force will set its own scope of work and may also address opportunities for mediation and collaboration in the designation process, methods for documenting support and opposition of historic-district designations, how Denver can reduce the environmental impact of demolitions, and options are available for preserving neighborhood character. 

Task Force

The ordinance update will be led by a task force made up of 18 members representing a variety of roles, perspectives and constituencies. The task force will meet monthly, and meetings will be open to the public. 

Meeting schedule:
3-5 p.m., second Tuesday of every month
Webb Municipal Building, Room 4.F.6, 201 W. Colfax Ave.

Name Affiliation/title
Will Baker Denver resident
Mark Bowman Building & Residence Denver, broker associate 
Scott Chomiak Koelbel Urban Homes, real estate developer
Amy Cole Denver resident
Chris Cowan ARA Newmark, realtor
Stephanie Fernandez  Galloway & Company, project lead
Kevin Flynn  Denver City Council, District 2
Adam Harding Roth Sheppard Architects, partner
Hayden Hirshfeld Shames Makovsky, real estate broker
Dennis Humphries Humphries Poli Architects
Charles Jordy  Landmark Preservation Commission, vice-chair
Jordy Construction, president
Robin Kneich  Denver City Council, At-large
Annie Levinsky Historic Denver, executive director
Nola Miguel GES Coalition, director
Jeff Pearson Denver resident
Marilyn Quinn Denver resident
Tania Salgado Lower Downtown Design Review Board, chair
Handprint Architecture, principal
Lower Downtown Design Review Board, chair
Handprint Architecture, principal

Task Force Meeting #1
2-4 p.m., Friday, March 9
Webb Municipal Building, Room 4.F.6
201 W. Colfax Ave.
Agenda (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)

Task Force Meeting #2
2-4 p.m., Tuesday, April 10
Webb Municipal Building, Room 4.I.5
201 W. Colfax Ave.
Agenda (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)

Task Force Meeting #3
2-4 p.m., Tuesday, May 8
Webb Municipal Building, Room 4.F.6
201 W. Colfax Ave.
Agenda (PDF)
National Trust for Historic Preservation Report (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)


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Contact Us

For questions and comments on the landmark ordinance update, contact the project manager, Principal City Planner Kara Hahn (