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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 landmark@denvergov.org for more information.

 


Designation Applications Currently Under Review

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 Landmark@denvergov.org.


1717 E. Arizona Ave - Washington Park

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Completed in 1916, this house is an excellent and intact example of the Tudor Revival style, is a significant residential example of the work of renowned Colorado architect Jules J.B. Benedict, and is directly associated with the historical development of Washington Park and the Washington Park Neighborhood.

  • Application (PDF)
  • Map (PDF)
  • Landmark Preservation Commission public hearing: 201 W. Colfax Ave, Conference room 4.F.6/4.G.2
  • City Council Land Use, Transportation and Infrastructure (LUTI) Committee,  Council Committee Room (#389)
    City and County Building, 1437 Bannock Street, Denver

Questions may be directed to Senior City Planner Jenny Buddenborg (jennifer.buddenborg@denvergov.org).


1168 S. Gilpin St. - Washington Park

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Completed in 1917, this house is an excellent and intact example of the Italian Renaissance Revival style, is a significant residential example of the work of renowned Colorado architect Jules J.B. Benedict, and is directly associated with the historical development of Washington Park and the Washington Park Neighborhood.

  • Application (PDF)
  • Map (PDF)
  • Landmark Preservation Commission public hearing: 201 W. Colfax Ave, Conference room 4.F.6/4.G.2
  • City Council Land Use, Transportation and Infrastructure (LUTI) Committee,  Council Committee Room (#389)
    City and County Building, 1437 Bannock Street, Denver
    • 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 22, 2019
    • Staff Brief (PDF)

Questions may be directed to Senior City Planner Jenny Buddenborg (jennifer.buddenborg@denvergov.org).

Tilden School for Teaching Health - Historic District

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The Tilden School for Teaching Health was founded in 1916 by Dr. John Henry Tilden to advance his theories on health, diet, and medical treatments. The school was headquartered in the historic Bosler House and over the next decade expanded to include the Patients Apartment Building and the Main Building (Fairview Place). The collection of buildings have become a prominent gateway to the West Highland neighborhood. 

  • Landmark Preservation Commission public hearing: 201 W. Colfax Ave, Conference room 4.F.6/4.G.2
    • 1 p.m., Tuesday, November 5, 2019
  • Planning Board public hearing:
    • 3 p.m., Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Questions may be directed to Principal Planner-Landmark Preservation Kara Hahn (kara.hahn@denvergov.org).


2288 S. Milwaukee St. - University Park

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The Jackson-Willard-Taylor House, one of the earliest residences in the University Park neighborhood, is a significant residential work of Denver architect Glen Wood Huntington. The Foursquare was built for renowned ophthalmologist Dr. Edward A. Jackson who lived in the home from 1902 to 1920.

  • Application (PDF)
  • Map (PDF)
  • The Landmark Preservation Commission voted to approve the designation application at its meeting Tuesday, September 3.
  • Land Use, Transportation & Infrastructure Committee meeting
    • 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 15
      Council Committee Room (#389)
      City and County Building, 1437 Bannock Street, Denver
    • Staff brief (PDF)
    • Watch the hearing live on Denver8.tv.

Questions may be directed to Senior City Planner Jenny Buddenborg (jennifer.buddenborg@denvergov.org).


4345 W. 46th Ave. - Howard Mortuary Berkeley Park Chapel

The Howard Berkeley Park Chapel, designed by Denver architect J. Roger Musick, is a significant example of his solo commercial work. Built in 1960, the property was originally owned by Howard Mortuary, a local family business founded in 1917 that served the community for 60 years. 

  • Application (PDF) 
  • The Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC) voted unanimously to approve the designation application at its meeting Tuesday, August 20.
  • The City Council Land Use, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee voted unanimously at its meeting Tuesday September 10 to move the designation application to the full City Council for a public hearing.
  • The Landmark Preservation Commission voted at its meeting Tuesday, September 17, to approve a request to extend the designation review deadline from September 26 to November 18. 
  • City Council Public Hearing
    • Because of the approved extension, Council members may vote to reschedule the public hearing on the designation application to November 12. 
    • 5:30 p.m., Monday, September 23
      Council Chambers (#405)
      City and County Building, 1437 Bannock Street, Denver
    • Staff brief (PDF)
    • Watch the hearing live on Denver8.tv.

Questions may be directed to Principal Planner-Landmark Preservation Kara Hahn (kara.hahn@denvergov.org).


Recently Completed Designation Applications

APPROVED - River Drive Historic District

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Jefferson Park is one of Denver’s oldest neighborhoods, with houses dating to the 1880s, and River Drive is one of its most distinct and historically intact streets.  The proposed district exhibits the development and architecture of a Denver neighborhood between 1885 and 1923.

  • Landmark Preservation Commission public hearing:
  • Planning Board
  • City Council Land Use, Transportation and Infrastructure (LUTI) Committee
  • City Council Public Hearing:

Questions may be directed to Senior City Planner Jenny Buddenborg (jennifer.buddenborg@denvergov.org).

 

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.
Contact Us

Landmark Preservation Office:
720-865-2709
landmark@denvergov.org