Historic Buildings

History Colorado’s Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, or OAHP, “creatively engages Coloradans and their guests in partnerships to discover, preserve, and take pride in our architectural, archaeological, and other historic places by providing statewide leadership and support to our partners in archaeology and historic preservation.”

OAHP and the Creating Communities Project have combined resources to highlight different historic buildings within the boundaries of specific neighborhoods. These buildings are just a small sample of the historic buildings located throughout the Denver area.

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National Register of Historic Places
The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.
 
Colorado State Register
Many of the properties highlighted on this web site are included in the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties. The State Register is a listing of Colorado’s significant cultural resources worthy of preservation for the future education and enjoyment of residents and visitors. Properties listed in the State Register include individual buildings, structures, objects, districts and historic and archaeological sites. The State Register program is administered by the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (OAHP) within History Colorado. History Colorado maintains an official list of all properties included in the State Register. Properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places are automatically placed in the State Register. Properties may also be nominated separately to the State Register without inclusion in the National Register.
 
Nomination Criteria
Criteria for consideration of properties for nomination and inclusion in the State Register include the following:
  • The association of the property with events that have made a significant contribution to history;
  • The connection of the property with persons significant in history;
  • The apparent distinctive characteristics of a type, period, method of construction, or artisan;
  • The geographic importance of the property; and
  • The possibility of important discoveries related to prehistory or history.  
 
Benefits of Listing
Listing in the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties provides:
  • Formal recognition of a property's importance to the history of the community and the state of Colorado.
  • A body of information for local community planning, tourist promotion, neighborhood revitalization.
  • A sense of community history and pride.
  • Eligibility to compete for grants from History Colorado’s State Historical Fund. These grants may be used for acquisition and development, education, and survey and planning projects.  
  • Eligibility to apply for state tax credits for restoration, rehabilitation, or preservation.
  • Limited protection from state agency actions that would affect the property. Agencies must solicit the comments of History Colorado to assure that State Register properties are given consideration in the state planning process.  
 
Rights of Property Owners 
There are no automatic restrictions as to what private property owners may or may not do with their property as a result of listing. Private property owners may alter or demolish a State Register-listed property subject only to applicable local government regulations and permitting procedures. In some communities, properties listed in the State Register may be automatically designated as local landmarks.  Such landmark status may include the local review of proposed changes to the property through the application of design guidelines. A list of Colorado communities with local landmarking programs is available from OAHP and is also posted on the office web site at historycolorado.org/oahp
 
For a complete list of all State Register properties, visit the OAHP website at historycolorado.org/oahp/listed-properties
 
PLEASE – RESPECT PRIVATE PROPERTY
The properties listed on this web site have been identified and recognized as significant cultural resources in Colorado. The majority are privately owned and may not be open to the public. Therefore, please respect each owner's privacy.
 
As part of The Power of Heritage and Place, the 2020 Action Plan to Advance Preservation in Colorado, History Colorado’s Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation is reaching out to property owners, locally elected officials, chambers of commerce, educators, conservation organizations, and other non-traditional partners to join Colorado’s larger preservation network.  Preservation is a shared societal responsibility, and OAHP wants to help individuals interested in saving the story of a special places [such as found on the Creating Your Community web site], by promoting an aspect of heritage, and by raising the consciousness about the benefits of historic preservation.
 
If you have any questions, comments, or additional information regarding the properties on this web site please contact the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation at 303-866-3392 or oahp@chs.state.co.us