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Is Denver's Next Historic District on South Lincoln Street?

South Lincoln Street houses
On October 1, the Landmark Preservation Commission will consider an application from a group of homeowners for a new historic district -- the Lincoln Street Historic District. The proposed district encompasses 19 Queen Anne and Denver Square style houses located on the 200 block of South Lincoln Street, all built between 1886 and 1906.

Many of the Queen Anne homes were designed by architect William Lang, one of the most recognized builders of the early city and the designer of the Molly Brown House and Castle Marne mansion. The predominant features on the Lang homes are the decorative corner turrets, making the line of homes along the west side of the street a distinctive spectacle for motorists and pedestrians passing by on Lincoln Street. To read more about the proposed district, visit

Major Update Planned for Historic District Design Guidelines

design guidelinesAny exterior alteration to a building in a Denver historic district (or landmarked structure) requires design review by Landmark Preservation planners or the Landmark Preservation Commission. Designs are reviewed against citywide historic district design guidelines that were adopted in 1995. This fall, Denver will begin to revise and update its design guidelines. 

The update will include descriptions and images of the city's individual historic districts, to highlight the character-defining features of each. In addition, we plan to address modern design concerns like solar panels, and give more detailed guidelines for commercial structures. With these revisions, we hope to provide more clarity for property owners, as well as city staff and commission members, therefore simplifying the design review process.

As we undertake this task, we hope to hear from the community - especially historic property owners. Watch for news about the update in this e-newsletter, and check our website at this fall for public meetings dates and drafts for review.

Discover Denver Studies Harvey Park
Harvey Park homeThis month, the City and County of Denver and Historic Denver, Inc. launched Discover Denver, a survey to identify historic and architecturally significant structures citywide. The survey will gather information about buildings using public records, neighborhood canvassing, academic research, and tips from the public. Findings from the survey will later be accessible online so that everyone can learn about Denver's past --building by building. 

Survey teams began their work in Harvey Park, the first pilot area. Surveyors have observed and recorded data on Harvey Park buildings, including mid-century modern houses by designer Cliff May as well as unique older houses in the Wolcott Lake area. Many residents of Harvey Park have welcomed survey teams and shared their stories, including some homeowners who have lived in Harvey Park since it was built in the 1950s. 

We Need Volunteers!
Do you love history and architecture? Visit www.DiscoverDenver.CO to learn about volunteer and internship opportunities with Discover Denver. 

Photo credit: Graeme Nistler

Custom Design Guidelines for Welton Street in the Works

Beginning this fall, preservation planners will be hiring a consultant and convening a group of stakeholders to develop customized design guidelines for the Welton Street Historic District. 

Welton Street is the city's only historic district designated solely for its history -- not its architecture. Many of its buildings, such as the Douglass Undertaking Building at 2745 Welton St., hold a special place in the history of Denver's African-American community. Because citywide design guidelines are architecturally based, Welton Street is in need of custom guidelines to ensure future development is compatible with and respectful of its cultural landmarks. 

Watch for news about the Welton Street design guidelines in this e-newsletter, and check our website at this fall for more.

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. 
About Us
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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