Latino/Chicano Historic Context Study

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church


Denver’s historic fabric comes from the stories of the diverse persons and groups who comprise its vibrant history. Led by Denver’s Landmark Preservation staff in partnership with the city’s I Am Denver storytelling project, this first-of-its-kind initiative in Denver will uncover and share the deep history and historic places of Denver’s Chicano and Latino communities. Through engaging public outreach and traditional historic research, this project will create a broad overview on the citywide settlement and development patterns of Latino and Chicano communities in Denver up to the 1990s.

The project will:

  • Identify important historical themes, such as social history, art, architecture, education, religion, ethnic heritage, and commerce;
  • Identify significant locations and buildings affiliated with that rich history; 
  • Help preserve and protect Latino and Chicano cultures;
  • Build a more inclusive list of designated Denver landmarks and historic districts;
  • Inform the citywide building survey Discover Denver
  • Guide the development of neighborhood plans; and
  • Be the first in a series of historic contexts to explore the diverse ethnic and cultural history of Denver.

Funding for this project comes from: Community Planning and Development, the offices of councilmembers Jamie Torres and Amanda Sandoval, History Colorado’s State Historical Fund, and the Peter Grant Preservation Services Fund for Colorado of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

(Photo: Our Lady of Guadalupe Church) 

Get Involved

I Am Denver Mini-Documentary

I Am Denver, the communitywide multimedia project that documents the city’s history, culture, and vision by fostering conversations and celebrating residents, will both collect oral histories and empower Latino and Chicano residents to record their own stories of family and community in video. I Am Denver will also produce a mini-documentary film of the city’s Chicano and Latino communities. Download the Storyvine guided video app to record your story about that cherished location or building. Selected stories may be featured at, on social media or in the mini-documentary to be released later this year.

What is a historic context?

A historic context is a technical historic preservation document used to guide preservation planning. It helps identify what significant historic places exist so they can be recognized, protected and celebrated. Community Planning and Development has developed several historic contexts to help guide the city's work to identify and protect significant historic places across Denver, most recently through the citywide building survey Discover Denver. The Latino/Chicano Historic Context is Denver's first historic context study to focus on a specific ethnic, racial or cultural group. 

Here are some examples of historic contexts from around the United States: