Since 1967, Denver Landmark Preservation has been tasked with protecting, and ensuring the longevity and use of the city's historic and architectural treasures. In doing so, Landmark Preservation helps preserve the well-loved character of the city and its neighborhoods.
The intention of Denver's preservation program is not to freeze buildings in time, but to facilitate their use, so that landmark and historic district properties don't become relics, but instead remain active places vital to the fabric of the city well into the future. Indeed, all Denver landmarks and districts provide a link to our past through their past owners, memorable events and architectural variety. They enrich our community by conveying a sense of continuity, identity and place, and they add architectural variety to the cityscape.
In 2017, Denver will mark the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the city's landmark preservation ordinance. Check back on this page and follow @DenverCPD on Instagram and Twitter for features on Denver's 336 landmarks and 52 historic districts.
Historic landmarks help link us to our past, telling the story of our city, its people and its architecture. From mansions to cottages, churches to fire stations, Denver’s designated landmarks represent a diverse cross-section of life in the city throughout its colorful history, offering insight into local and regional social and economic development.
This photo gallery, which is a work in progress, features some of the city's 336 individual historic landmarks. Click on the photo for a download link and information on the each landmark.
Historic districts support neighborhood stability, uniqueness and variety — all attributes that contribute to the long-term desirability and vitality of Denver’s neighborhoods.
Districts also contribute to the local economy, as areas that attract significant investment. On average, properties in historic districts have higher property values than those in undesignated neighborhoods, benefitting both individual property owners and the community’s tax base.
Landmark Preservation isn't just about old buildings, but also about the places geographical features that tell the story of Denver.
One of the city's oldest historic landmarks is Smith's Ditch in Washington Park. This "engineering marvel" was dug in the 1860s to provide irrigation for the growing city. Read more and see a video about Smith's Ditch at Colorado Preservation, Inc.