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City Council Approves Historic Designation of Margaret Long House

Long House On April 8, Denver City Council approved the landmark designation of the Margaret Long House. The owners of this distinctive house, located east of City Park at 2070 Colorado Blvd., brought forth the designation request with Historic Denver as co-applicant. Denver's landmark designation program recognizes properties of historical, architectural and geographical importance.

 

Dr. Margaret Long built the Dutch Colonial Style house in 1908. Dr. Long was a prominent figure in Denver's medical and literary history. The house has many noteworthy architectural features including a steep gambrel roof, full width porches, and oval windows in the gable ends. The prominent location of the house directly across Colorado Boulevard from the Museum of Nature and Science and City Park makes the home recognizable to thousands of commuters on Colorado Boulevard as well as those visiting City Park. 

 

The Denver Landmark Preservation Commission forwarded the application to City Council with a recommendation for approval on March 5. The commission found that the building met key architectural, geographic and historical criteria for historic designation. 

Baker Warehouse Conversion in the Works

Baker
Residents of the Baker historic district in south Denver are excited about the potential redevelopment of J-A-K AUTO BODY located at 140 Elati St. The vacant historic structure has fallen into disrepair and stands in stark contrast to the beautifully preserved single family homes and commercial buildings nearby.

 

The Denver Landmark Preservation Commission approved the design on March 19 for the conversion of the building into three residential units. The proposed design would preserve original site features and materials.

 

"It's great for the neighborhood," said Ben Emmett.  Mr. Emmett lives two blocks from J-A-K AUTO BODY and he frequently walks past the building. "Keeping the historic elements of buildings is important for our neighborhood," he said. 

Vacant Lots Disappearing in Curtis Park
Curtis Park

The Denver Landmark Preservation Commission recently approved the designs for three new single family homes that would replace a large vacant lot at 3048 Stout Street in the Curtis Park historic district just northeast of Downtown Denver.

 

Elsewhere in Curtis Park, McStain Neighborhoods recently built five new single family homes on previously vacant land at 31st Street adjacent to Mestizo-Curtis Park. "The homes are modern yet very compatible with the neighborhood," said Joel Noble, president of Curtis Park Neighbors, Inc., the local neighborhood association. Three more McStain homes are under construction at 26th and Curtis Street.

 

Denver's revised zoning code made the construction of new single family homes feasible on the narrow lots that are a common feature of many Denver historic districts. Denver's new zoning code adjusted minimum lot size and side setback requirements in Denver's historic districts to match the historic pattern of development. 

State Restores Historic Preservation Income Tax Credits

The state of Colorado has approved funds for the historic property preservation income tax credit for 2013. Approved projects completed this year are eligible for tax credits toward 2013 taxes filed in 2014. The tax credit is 20 percent of the qualified rehabilitation costs up to a maximum $50,000 credit per qualified property. Detailed information about qualifying projects is available on our website

Resources for Property Owners

Denver's Landmark Preservation staff has a wealth of information available for students, historians and owners of historic properties. Whether you are interested in learning more about the history of a particular property, want to learn about financial incentives or need technical assistance, see our resource page for help. 
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Landmark Preservation is an important function of the Department of Community Planning and Development. Denver City Council enacted the Denver Landmark Ordinance in 1967 to foster the protection, enhancement, perpetuation and use of structures and districts of historical, architectural and/or geographic significance.

 

Landmark Preservation staff and two landmark boards carry out that mission through design review, historic surveys and landmark designations. Staff also assists owners of historic properties by providing guidance and resources for preserving, maintaining and rehabilitating historic buildings and properties. You can learn more about Denver's Landmark Preservation efforts on our website.
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