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Curtis Park Homes Tour

Champa Street home  

More than 500 historically significant Curtis Park homes are protected as part of the Curtis Park Historic District. Fifteen will be open for public tours September 13 and 14. Learn more at

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New Design Guidelines
Kick In October 1
landmark design guidelines Denver homeowners, architects and contractors working to update a designated landmark or historic district property can look forward to a smoother design review process thanks to the adoption on August 5 of updated design guidelines by the city's Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC). 

The new guidelines offer a "how-to" approach for property owners and design professionals with easy-to-follow charts and graphs as well as new and better guidance on modern energy-efficiency improvements, additions, new construction, and signs, among other topics. View the new guidelines here.

Denver currently has 331 designated historic landmarks and more than 6,000 buildings located in designated historic districts. The LPC and city staff use the design guidelines to evaluate building projects that affect the exterior of these properties to ensure that proposed projects preserve the significance of the city's historic and architectural treasures. The new guidelines are the result of an extensive public process that began last fall and included input from more than 200 historic property owners, design professionals, neighborhood groups and other stakeholders.
Construction projects affecting the exterior of these properties that are submitted for design review on or after October 1 will be subject to the new guidelines. 

For more on landmark preservation in Denver including the design review process, visit

My Favorite Place in Denver
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Larimer Square posted by dujar on Instagram
What's your favorite place in Denver?

And more importantly, why?

Through the end of September, Community Planning and Development is asking everyone in Denver to answer the question on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, using the hashtag #favoriteplacedenver.

View this video and join the citywide conversation about placemaking and city-building. Let's learn from one another how we can make our beloved city even better!

Start now! Post a photo or video on social media, and don't forget to hashtag it #favoriteplacedenver.

Learn more and see what others are saying at

Denver Union Station: Past Forward
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Union Station in the early 1930s, and as it looks today. (1930s photo courtesy Denver Public Library.)
By now everyone knows that Denver Union Station reopened on July 26, bringing the historic structure back to life with local shops and restaurants, a boutique luxury hotel and expansive train and bus depot. 

What you may not know is that the all-volunteer Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC) and the city's Landmark Preservation planners worked hand-in-hand with the project team to ensure that the building retained its historic integrity. 

Over the course of a year, LPC and planners reviewed every exterior change against the city's historic design guidelines. Staff and commissioners lent their expertise to changes including windows-to-doors, new dormers, energy-efficient storm windows, and exterior signs and seating areas, as well as the designs of the plaza and the new buildings flanking the station. They helped determine which materials to save and which to replace, what replacement materials to use, and even oversaw the cleaning of old stone and terra cotta. All reviews were done to ensure that the historic building would take center stage.

"Union Station is a beautiful example of the city's preservation program at work," said Brad Buchanan, executive director of Community Planning and Development. "By preserving key features while allowing for modern updates, we allow our landmarks to live on and continue to tell the story of our city." 

In the coming months, watch for interpretive signs and historic photos in and around the station featuring the building, the railroad and the people who used them. Many of the displays are composed of historic materials salvaged from old tunnels and other parts of the station.

Denver's Next Historic Landmark?
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227 S. Lincoln St.
Denver City Council will hold a public hearing at its September 15 meeting to consider an ordinance making the house at 227 S. Lincoln St. a landmark.

The private residence, built in 1890, is a Queen Anne -- a style of architecture that was dominant toward the end of Denver's peak growth period. The building's eclectic blend of Queen Anne characteristics includes an asymmetrical façade, steeply-pitched roof, side gable, broad shingled surfaces, and decorated porches with turrets and towers.

The house stands among nine other Queen Anne homes on South Lincoln and is one of eight designed by prominent Denver architect William Lang. Of the 250 buildings that Lang designed in Denver, the most well-known are the Molly Brown House and Castle Marne Mansion. The house has the quintessential hallmarks of a Lang design, including the large front turret that resembles a witch's hat.

To provide comments to Denver City Council as it considers this building for historic designation, please contact

LoDo Sign Guidelines Update 
Denver and the Lower Downtown Design Review Board are working to update the design guidelines used to evaluate signage in the Lower Downtown Historic District. These design guidelines encourage signs that create a lively pedestrian-friendly atmosphere while also respecting the district's unique industrial and commercial heritage.

To provide input on the guidelines, please contact Landmark Preservation planners and/or attend the Lower Downtown Design Review Board's public hearing on the proposed guidelines on October 2. For more information or to view a draft, visit our website.

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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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