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Historic Designations

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. 

How to Designate a Structure or District

OneSet up a pre-application review meeting with Landmark Preservation staff.  The staff may help by:

  • Assessing whether a property or properties have potential for landmark or historic designation
  • Advising you which application and fees apply
  • Advising you what additional research is needed to complete the application form
  • Providing information about the designation process
  • Providing guidance to improve and strengthen your application

ThreeLandmark preservation staff will review your application to determine whether the application is complete and Denver landmark designation criteria are met.  

FourOnce 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.  

  • The owner of record is notified and a sign is posted on the property announcing the public hearing and the pending designation.  
  • The Landmark Preservation Commission will hear public testimony at the hearing, and determine if the property or properties meets landmark designation criteria.  
  • If the commission determines that a property meets landmark designation criteria, the application is then forwarded to City Council.


FiveUpon recommendation of the Landmark Preservation Commission, the application for designation is forwarded to City Council.

  • A committee of City Council will review the designation application and determine whether the case is ready to move forward to the full City Council meeting.
  • In some cases, the Denver Planning Board will also provide a recommendation to City Council.
  • The Denver City Council designates a landmark or historic district by considering a designation bill at two meetings or readings of City Council. The second and final reading before City Council involves a public hearing.  
  • City Council makes the final decision on historic designation for a structure or historic district at the second reading. If approved, the designation goes into effect once the mayor signs the bill and records it with the clerk.


Additional requirements and time frames apply to various steps in the designation process. Please contact Landmark Preservation at 720-865-2709 or email at for more information.


Current & Recently Approved Designation Applications

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

Cableland - 4150 East Shangri-La Drive

The Hut

Cableland, built by Bill Daniels, is significant for Daniel’s role as an early pioneer in cable television and as a prominent philanthropist in Denver society. The home was designed to host charity events by California architect Lawrence Pepper and interior designer Andrew Gerhard. Cableland is also an exceptional example of residential Postmodern architecture in Denver.

Application (PDF) and Cableland Map (PDF)

  • Landmark Preservation Commission public hearing:
          -1:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 12th, 2019
            Staff Report (PDF)
  • City Council Land Use, Transportation and Infrastructure (LUTI) Committee Presentation:
          -10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 9th, 2019
  • City Council Public Hearing:
          -5:30 p.m., Monday, April 29th, 2019

Questions may be directed to Principal Planner-Landmark Preservation; Kara Hahn at

1980 Albion St., The Hut - application withdrawn

The Hut

Commonly known as “The Hut,” this Craftsman styled single-family home was built by prominent Denver businessman Charles Alfred Johnson between 1901 and 1908 and was one of the first houses built in the Park Hill neighborhood.

Questions may be directed to Principal City Planner, Kara Hahn at

APPROVED: 5001 Packing House Road, Armour & Co. Administration Building

Historic photo of 5001 Packing House Road

The 1917 Armour Administration Building is one of the last remaining buildings associated with the meat processing facilities of the Denver Union Stock Yards. The administration building represents the significant investment and development of local and national meatpacking companies and slaughter houses that once dominated the stockyards.

Questions may be directed to Principal Planner-Landmark Preservation; Kara Hahn at

APPROVED: 637 N. Galapago St., Samsonite House

637 Galapago Facade

Built in 1890, the late Italianate Style stone residence was home to the Shwayder family from 1900 to 1921, during which time the Eastern European Jewish immigrants started the Shwayder Trunk Manufacturing Company and designed the Samson suitcase.  The family business ultimately became the internationally recognized Samsonite luggage company. 

Questions may be directed to Senior City Planner; Jennifer Buddenborg at

APPROVED: 2600 Milwaukee St., Henderson House

The home at 2600 N. Milwaukee St. was designed by architect and owner John R. Henderson Jr., Colorado's first licensed African-American architect.  Henderson, who worked for several notable mid-century Denver architectural firms, designed his family home in the Mid-Century Modern architectural style. 

  • Application (PDF), application photographs (PDF), map (PDF)
  • Landmark Preservation Commission public hearing: 
    • 1 p.m., Tuesday, October 16
    • Staff brief  (PDF)
    • The commission recommended approval for the designation.
  • City Council Land Use, Transportation and Infrastructure (LUTI) Committee Presentation
    • 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 6
    • The committee voted to advance the application to the full council.
  • City Council Public Hearing
    • 5:30 p.m., Monday, November 26   

Questions may be directed to Principal City Planner, Kara Hahn at

APPROVED: 630 East 16th Ave., Essex Apartments

Designed by noted Denver architect, William Fisher, the Essex Apartments are associated with the growth of Capitol Hill after the construction of the state capitol.  The apartments also reflect the development of middle-class and multi-family housing.

Questions may be directed to Principal City Planner, Kara Hahn at


Benefits of Designation

  • Historic designation acknowledges a property's importance and status within the community.
  • Financial incentives, such as grants and state and federal tax credits, may be available to offset rehabilitation costs. 
  • Historic properties tend to hold their value and appreciate faster than other properties. 
  • On average, property values are higher in locally-designated historic districts compared with adjacent neighborhoods without historic designation.
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