Did you know.....

The period directly after World War II had a dramatic impact on agricultural Arvada? The population rose from 1,482 in 1940 to 19,242 by 1960. That's an increase of 1,198%!

KRISANA PARK  

The Krisana Park Pattern and Idea Book is now complete!  This project was funded by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Denver’s Action Fund, and through individual donations from neighbors in Krisana Park, and produced in partnership with the Center of Preservation Research at the University of Colorado, Denver.

Krisana Park is a excellent case study of Mid Century Modern architecture in Denver.  It is also an area that is gaining in popularity  and  so far has been shielded from the development pressure that is present in many of Denver's most historic neighborhoods. The book illustrates contemporary remodels and additions that can add much needed space to these homes while also honoring the historic aesthetic of the neighborhood.

On November 21, 2016 Denver City Council will consider a conservation overlay for Krisana Park so that this special character is honored! 

You can purchase a copy of the pattern book HERE. Quantities are limited, so order today! 





ARVADA

Historic Denver Inc., in partnership with the City of Arvada and the Colorado Center for Community Development, has developed two Pattern and Design Idea Books for home types that are common in Arvada.  Each book focuses on a particular era of development, the first being the time prior to World War II, which was primarily characterized by an agricultural economy in Arvada.  The second book focuses on the period following the War, which featured explosive population growth and rapid suburban development.

The goal of the Pattern and Design Idea Books is to provide inspiration to homeowners that reside in neighborhoods that characterize a particular period from our history, but are in areas that are gaining popularity and are experiencing development pressure.  Both minor remodels, which don't alter the exterior of the home, and major remodels, which increase the square footage of the home, are presented. 

PATTERN & DESIGN IDEA BOOK FOR PRE-WWII HOMES IN ARVADA

PATTERN & DESIGN IDEA BOOK FOR POST-WWII HOMES IN ARVADA


LITTLETON

Historic Denver Inc., in partnership with the City of Littleton and the Colorado Center for Community Development, has developed a Pattern and Design Idea Books for home types that are common in Aberdeen Village Subdivision in Littleton. The book focuses on the era of development following World War II.

Across the nation modest homes are being demolished in order to build larger homes that often do not fit the character of their neighborhood. The full impact of this trend has not yet reached Aberdeen Village, but development pressures are expected to increase as Littleton’s attractive community and proximity to Denver continues to draw new residents to the area. By looking at the success of similar projects (notably Minnesota’s ‘Cape Cod and Ramblers’ Pattern Book and Wheat Ridge’s ‘Ranch Renovation’ Idea Book), it was decided that a pattern book would be a valuable tool for homeowners to visualize sensitive home modifications.

The majority of Aberdeen Village’s housing stock is comprised of single and split level ranch homes. Though the architectural details vary in terms of materials and window placement, the housing forms are similar. A community meeting was held early during the planning phase for this patternbook, both to establish interest within the community and to determine which housing types residents would like to see included. Prior to the meeting the neighborhood was surveyed, photographed, and the homes grouped by type.

Members of the community reviewed the survey materials, and five housing types were chosen for inclusion in the Pattern and Design Idea book. The housing types, named for their form, are:
1. Side Gable Ranch
2. Front Gable Ranch
3. Hipped Roof Ranch
4. Cross Gable Ranch
5. Asymmetrical Split-Level Ranch

PATTERN & DESIGN IDEA BOOK FOR POST-WWII HOMES IN ABERDEEN VILLAGE, LITTLETON