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One of the goals of the pattern book is to help educate homeowners about character defining features of their neighborhoods and homes, while helping them to visualize appropriate design solutions to enhance livability in the 21st century.

Preservation for Living Program

Though more humble than the city’s grand and iconic landmarks, these historic resources have an everyday importance in our communities and our quality of life. We hope to strengthen this importance by being a source of encouragement and a technical resource for those who live in and love their historic house. Through the program, we educate homeowners about restoring and preserving their home by providing technical assistance and offering opportunities to learn more about specific restoration subjects.

Our outreach to owners of Historic Homes is funded in part by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Colorado State Historical Fund. 

Historic Denver Inc. has partnered with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, State Historical Fund, cities in the Denver metro area, and graduate students in architecture from the University of Colorado to create a series of homeowner education workshops.  This program also includes the creation of pattern and design idea books to provide remodeling ideas for owners of pre-and-post-war housing in pilot neighborhoods.


Free Workshops

Our free workshops include:

All the workshops are available on-line, but if your neighborhood group or community organization is interested in scheduling a live presentation of one of these workshops (or a series of all four) please contact our offices at (303) 534-5288 ext. 5.

Historic Denver has produced a series of videos to capture the information presented in the workshops.  Please click on the name of a workshop above to view the videos online!

Pattern & Idea Books

The pattern books focus on four neighborhoods in Arvada, the older pre-war homes of the Stocke-Walter and Reno Park historic districts, and the early post-war ranch homes in the Alta Vista and Allendale sub-divisions. Two pattern books, one for pre-war and one for post-war, have been developed in response to the anticipated development pressure likely to be spurred by the forthcoming FasTracks Gold Line commuter rail service. These pattern books detail the characteristics that define the homes in these neighborhoods and provide appropriate design solutions that update the homes while respecting the style and scale in which they were initially constructed.  View the Pattern Books here.



The Preservation for Living program was funded by the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Partners in the Field Program and History Colorado's State Historical Fund.