Denver’s local landmark designation program is a public process that recognizes properties of historical, architectural and geographical importance to the City and County of Denver. To be eligible for designation, a district or structure must maintain its historic and physical integrity and meet criteria in two of three categories: history, architecture and geography.
Designation applications may be initiated by property owners, local residents and/or local business owners. Applications are reviewed by Landmark Preservation staff, the Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC) and ultimately by City Council, which makes the final decision on designation. LPC and City Council hold public hearings as part of their review. If a property is designated, City Council adopts a landmark designation ordinance, which is then recorded with the City Clerk.
Set up a pre-application review meeting with Landmark Preservation staff. The staff may help by:
Submit the completed application along with required fees to Landmark Preservation.
Landmark preservation staff will review your application to determine whether the application is complete and Denver landmark designation criteria are met.
Once Landmark Preservation staff determines that an application is complete and that landmark designation criteria are met, the application will be set for a public hearing before the Landmark Preservation Commission.
Upon recommendation of the Landmark Preservation Commission, the application for designation is forwarded to City Council.
Additional requirements and time frames apply to various steps in the designation process. Please contact Landmark Preservation at 720-865-2709 or email at email@example.com for more information.
Staff reports for proposed designations will be posted ahead of the appointed meeting or public hearing. If you use assistive technology and have trouble accessing the content in the PDF documents below, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Wellshire Park Cottage, a French Eclectic style house built in 1926 in what was then unincorporated Arapahoe County, is the first and only home from the Wellshire Park Subdivision, originally the brain child of developers George Olinger and Lloyd Fulenwider but not fully developed or annexed into the City and County of Denver until after World War II.
Questions may be directed to Senior City Planner Kara Hahn (email@example.com).