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Landmark Preservation Commission

 

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photo of landmark markerThe function of the Landmark Preservation Commission is to designate, preserve, enhance, and perpetuate structures or districts that have architectural, historical, geographic or cultural significance within the city of Denver. 

Agenda items for consideration can include the following:

  • Recommendations to City Council on historic designations
  • Design review for new construction, alterations, demolitions and zone lot amendments for designated historic  properties/districts
  • Review of historic rehabilitation tax credit projects
  • Adoption of policies and procedures related to historic preservation

Meeting Information

Time and date: The commission meets the first and third Tuesdays of every month at 1 p.m.

LocationMeetings are held in the Webb Municipal Building, 201 W. Colfax Ave., room 4.F.6 and 4.G.2.

Accessibility: If you need a sign language interpreter or CART Services, contact SignLanguageServices@denvergov.org at least three business days ahead of the meeting you'd like to attend. For other public accommodation requests/concerns related to a disability, please contact DisabilityAccess@denvergov.org.

Impact of COVID-19 response on Landmark Preservation Commission schedule

The health and welfare of our community is extremely important to us. Mayor Michael B. Hancock has required that all gatherings of more than 10 people be canceled or postponed until after at least May 11, 2020.

With that in mind, the Landmark Preservation Commission will not hold any public hearings in April but may hear informational items using an online platform accessible to the public. We are reviewing all virtual options for meetings and will provide updates on next steps when they are available. If you have questions about how this may directly impact your project, please contant your case manager. 

Despite the impact on meetings, the city is still open for business. Applications may still be submitted by email to landmark@denvergov.org. Contact us if you have questions or need additional information. 


Information for Presenters

Submission and Staff Review
Once a project is submitted, Landmark Preservation staff works with the applicant to ensure that the project meets the design guidelines, the materials are complete and to write a staff report and create a presentation for LPC members that includes a recommendation of approval, approval with conditions, or denial for the project. Because this process takes several weeks, complete submittals must be received at least four weeks prior to a commission meeting date to have a chance to make it onto that agenda.

Starting in December 2019, to make meeting length more manageable and create greater predictability for commission members and applicants, agendas will be capped at a certain number of projects. Projects with complete applications will be added to the agendas on a first come first served basis, and once an agenda is full, projects will be scheduled for the next available LPC meeting. 

Download the 2020 LPC Meeting Submission Dates and Deadlines (PDF) to learn more about when to submit materials. Please note that when we receive a high volume of projects, specific dates are not guaranteed. 

Presentation Materials 
Download the Policy for Applicant Presentations (PDF) to learn more about preparing your presentation for the Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC) and the Lower Downtown Design Review Commission (LDDRC).

What to Expect at the Meetings
Download the the handout What to Expect at a Landmark Preservation Commission Meeting (PDF) to become more familiar with the standard procedures.


Membership

Commission is made up of nine Denver members who are appointed by the mayor, serve three-year terms and receive no compensation. Members must include the following:

  • two recommended by Denver's American Institute of Architecture 
  • two recommended by History Colorado
  • two recommended by the Planning Board 
  • two at-large members 
  • one member appointed by the American Society of Landscape Architects

Read member bios (PDF)

 

Member Nominated By Term Expires
Ginette Chapman (Vice-Chair) History Colorado 3/31/2022
Brad Gassman History Colorado 3/31/2022
Eären Hummel   American Society of Landscape Architects 3/31/2021
Graham Johnson Denver Planning Board 3/31/2022
Julie Johnson At Large 3/31/2022
Gary Petri Denver Planning Board 3/31/2021
Erika Warzel At Large 3/31/2023
Anne Wattenberg American Institute of Architects 3/31/2021
Kelly Wemple (Chair) American Institute of Architects 3/31/2023
 

Contact Us


Submit Comments 

To speak at LPC meetings or submit written comments on agenda items, see LPC Public Comment Policy (PDF).


Governing Documents


Want to serve on the commission?

If you are interested in serving on the Landmark Preservation Commission, contact the Denver Boards and Commissions office for more information and an application form.

 

NOTE: If you use assistive technology and would like to access the content in documents in PDF format on this page, please contact planning@denvergov.org.