Capitol Hill is the unofficial birthplace of Denver's preservation movement. Following the 1970s demolition of the Moffat Mansion (at 8th and Grant) Historic Denver, Inc. was created by concerned citizens in time to save another of our city's precious historic homes, that of the "unsinkable" Margaret Brown.
Owning a historic building, whether its your home, your business or an investment property, requires care and commitment. There are a variety and resources, tools and incentives designed to make caring for your property a little easier.
If you are a community member interested in learning more about tools for historic neighborhoods or community-wide opportunities visit our Neighborhood Tools section by clicking HERE.
Homeowner Education Workshops
Historic Denver has produced a series of videos to capture information presented in four homeowner education workshops. Click the links below to view the videos or slideshows.
- Historic Preservation Basics and Tax Credits
- Window Restoration and Weatherization
- Mortar and Wood Trim Restoration
- Energy Efficiency for the Older Home
Designated historic properties can be eligible for preservation tax credits. These credits can significantly reduce the cost of restoration and rehabilitation. A 20% federal tax credit is available to commercial properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A 20-25% Colorado state tax credit is available to both income-producing and residential property-owners of properties listed on either the National Register of Historic Places, State Register of Historic Places or locally designated through a Certified Local Government, like the City of Denver. Buildings that contribute to a historic district are also eligible. Click HERE to read more about the tax credit options.
In Colorado we are also fortunate to have the Colorado State Historical Fund, a grant-making entity that awards preservation grants twice annually. The grant program is designed for non-profit and civic building owners, although privately owned properties can earn grants in partnership with a non-profit and if the project has clear public benefit. Click HERE to read more about the State Historical Fund.
Historic Denver’s Preservation Hotline
If you feel intimidated by the technical side of restoration and have a question about your house or upcoming project, you can take advantage of our Preservation Hotline by calling 303.534.5288 ext. 6 to get general advice and pointers.
Contractor Resource List
For members of Historic Denver, we provide our comprehensive referral list of qualified and preservation-minded contractors, trade and craftspeople for all of your historic home’s repair, maintenance and renovation projects. Our list was recently updated and is readily available as a pdf or in hard copy. If you are currently a supporter, please call (303) 534-5288 ext. 6, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for your copy of the list. Not a member? Become one today to gain access to this valuable resource! If you are a contractor and would like to be added to the list, please click HERE.
Lead Paint and Your Historic Home
The EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Final Rule (40 CFR 745) REQUIRES that people you hire to work in your pre-1978 home be Certified using Certified Renovators as of April 22, 2010. Certified Renovators will have completed an EPA-accredited renovator course to ensure that they know all of the rules and regulations necessary to make their work Lead Safe. But what about the Do-It-Yourself homeowner? A homeowner is under no obligation to follow the RRP rule for work they do themselves, but you might still be wondering about safe practices. Click HERE for more information and dealing with lead paint.
An Owner's Manual for Historically Designated Homes &Buildings
In 2010, in partnership with the City of Denver and the Colorado State Historical Fund, Historic Denver published a new brochure to explain the ins and outs of landmark designation, design review and tax credits. Read it in detail HERE.
Landmark Designation Frequently Asked Questions
Is your building a local landmark or located in a historic district? We've created a Historic Designation FAQ guide, which answers many of the questions we commonly receive from property owners. Read our full guide HERE.
City and County of Denver Landmark Preservation Commission
Denver's Landmark Preservation Program, a department of the Community Planning and Development Department, designates, preserves and protects structures and districts which reflect the city's architectural and historical value, while promoting the use of these outstanding structures and districts for the education, stimulation and welfare of Denver. Click HERE to view the website which includes a searchable map of all designated structures and districts, the full text of the landmark ordinance, design guidelines, and tax credit information.
Denver Public Library - Department of Western History and Genealogy
The Department of Western History and Genealogy presently includes 200,000 cataloged books, pamphlets, atlases, maps, and microfilm titles. In addition, it offers 600,000 photographs, 3,700 manuscript archives, and a remarkable collection of Western fine art and prints to researchers across the world. To view the digital collections of historic photographs and documents, get tips and tools on doing building and neighborhood history research, and access the Creating Communities neighborhood history project, click HERE. The Department is located on the fifth level of the Central Library, 10 West Fourteenth Avenue Parkway Denver, CO 80204. The Reference Desk can be reached at 720-865-1821.
History Colorado - State Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation
Click HERE to visit the homepage of the State Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, which has information on local design guidelines, Preservation Tax Credits, available grants, and lists structures and sites in the National Register of Historic Places and the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties.
National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Trust for Historic Preservation was created when President Truman signed legislation on October 26, 1949. Click HERE to learn about National Trust Historic Sites, America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, Historic Hotels of America, and Historic Artists' Homes & Studios.