Welton Street Historic District Update

Updates are underway for the Welton Street Commercial Corridor Cultural District. In response to community input, city landmark preservatoin staff is proposing to officially rename the historic district the Five Points Historic Cultural District. Other minor revisions to the existing historic district designation are being proposed.

Key Dates:

  • The Landmark Preservation Commission reviewed the new ordinance February 17, 2015.
  • Planning Board reviewed the ordinance February 18.
  • It will be presented to the Neighborhoods and Planning Committee on March 4
  • The City Council second reading and public hearing is slated for March 23, 2015.

Read the updated district designation (PDF)

Welton Street Design Guidelines

With an eye on the past and the future, the City and County of Denver is creating design guidelines for the Welton Street Commercial Corridor Cultural District, an approximately six-block area in North Denver that has long been a focal point of the city’s African-American cultural history.

The Denver City Council designated the Welton Street Commercial Corridor Cultural District a historic district in 2002, which means that the Landmark Preservation Commission reviews designs for all exterior alterations that require a city permit, additions and new construction in the district. Welton Street’s custom guidelines will establish design review guidelines that are similar to the city-wide guidelines that apply to historic landmarks and districts across the city, but that specifically address Welton Street’s unique needs.

The guidelines will serve as a how-to resource for property owners and developers, with the goal of highlighting and preserving Welton Street’s special place in Denver’s history and stimulating redevelopment.

Identifying Culturally Significant Structures
City staff will be soliciting input from property owners, community members and other stakeholders not only on the guidelines, but also on identifying specific properties in the district that contribute to Welton Street’s African-American history. 

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Public Events

Check back for information on public events coming this spring.

Why Welton Street Is Special

The Welton Street Commercial Corridor is the only district in Denver designated historic based on its history and geography, and not on its architectural merits. Unlike other historic districts, this corridor has substantial vacant land and redevelopment opportunities. 

Customized design guidelines can ensure that new construction projects meet the area’s unique redevelopment needs and priorities while respecting its cultural heritage.