Denver to Update Its Historic Design Guidelines

In an effort to make them more user-friendly, Denver is updating the design guidelines used to evaluate building projects for local landmarks and properties in historic districts.

The design guidelines help ensure that proposed projects preserve key historic features and are compatible with the character of historic buildings, sites and districts. But the current guidelines, adopted in 1995, are difficult to navigate, have few illustrations and do not reflect recent advances in building and construction – including energy-efficient

New guidelines will outline a “how-to” approach and will provide easy-to-follow charts and graphs so that homeowners and design professionals can more easily navigate through the design review and permitting process.

As part of the update process, city landmark preservation staff is soliciting input from the community. The first of two public workshops is scheduled on December 9, 2013 at 6:00pm at Scheitler Recreation Center.

For additional information on the project and more opportunities for public
input, visit

Scheitler Recreation Center
5031 West 46th Avenue
Denver, CO 80212

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