“I can’t imagine Denver without…”
Fifty years ago a group of Denver residents, mostly young and from different walks of life, formed Historic Denver, Inc. and began saving the places we can’t imagine Denver without — from the Molly Brown House to Union Station. To celebrate our 50th anniversary, we launched the 50 Actions for 50 Places campaign to find the next 50 places our city can’t afford to lose. We asked the Denver community to help us identify these 50 places, and we received over 100 submissions. Thank you, Denver!
The 50 places we selected from the crowdsourced list are a wide-ranging mix of buildings and sites that reflect the cultural and architectural diversity of Denver. In keeping with Historic Denver’s commitment to better serve and reflect our whole communities, 40% of the places are associated with people of color or women. You can view the 50 places using the map or link below.
We are working with nominators and property owners to determine a unique action strategy for each place, and will implement those strategies over the next few years. Strategies could include: documenting a site, raising awareness of the potential loss of a site, interpreting the history of a place, storytelling, financial or technical assistance for physical preservation, or landmark designation.
View the 50 places here!
This campaign will also dovetail with the work we do to uncover Denver’s historic places through the citywide survey, Discover Denver, a partnership with the City and County of Denver.
Funds for this initiative were provided by donors at our 50th Anniversary Retrospective event in September 2020 and matched dollar for dollar by an anonymous donor.