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As Denver’s leading community-driven voice for historic places, Historic Denver Inc. seeks to safeguard the soul of our city through education and engagement, to protect and honor Denver’s unique identity for all generations.

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In Memoriam: Joe Sokolowski

CURRENT ISSUES In Memoriam: Joe Sokolowski Back to archive We celebrated the life of our former walking tour guide, friend and Denver historian Joe Sokolowski last Sunday at the Wings Over the Rockies. In celebration of his many accomplishments, here is a memoriam article that originally appeared in Historic Denver News. In Memoriam: Joe Sokolowski By Leah M. Charney, Historic Denver News Managing Editor and Tour Guide Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing Joe Sokolowski or was lucky enough to take one of his waling tours might rattle off the following adjectives: smart, loyal, warm, generous, funny. That last one served him well during the 2019 National Trust for Historic Preservation conference when he entertained a busload of 55 who were temporarily trapped on a bridge over I-25. The day before, the mercury had maxed out at 83 degrees. By Thursday morning it was 19 and snowy – the largest October temperature swing on record. While I quietly [...]

Historic Denver Names Interim President & CEO

CURRENT ISSUES Historic Denver Names Interim President & CEO Back to archive Historic Denver has named Andrea Burns interim president and CEO. A Denver-based communications consultant, Burns has a background in managing communications on historic preservation, city planning, real estate and redevelopment. Her experience includes serving as communications director for Denver Community Planning and Development and the city’s landmark preservation office, and as the National Western Center’s chief marketing officer. Burns will lead the nonprofit on an interim basis as the Historic Denver Board of Trustees continues its search for a permanent president and CEO. “This is a dynamic time in our city, and one in which Historic Denver is deeply engaged in advocacy, educational programs and preservation projects,” said John Lucero, chair of the Historic Denver Board of Trustees. “Bringing Andrea on during this critical time of transition for our organization will help us ensure we continue to deliver on our mission.” As one of the nation’s premier [...]

West Side – Exploring a Jewish Cultural Historic District

CURRENT ISSUES West Side Jewish Historic Cultural District Back to archive West Denver neighbors exploring potential historic district focused on Jewish history, culture In 2021, a handful of residents from Denver’s West Side began exploring the possibility of applying to the city designation of a local historic district that would reflect and preserve the cultural history of Jewish immigrants in the area. A view of Winona Ct, a street included in the potential district boundaries, north of W. Colfax Ave. the house with the fence around is 1565 Winona Court. Photograph by Ron Sladek. The residents partnered with Historic Denver, Denver City Council members Amanda Sandoval (District 1) and Jamie Torres (District 3), and Congregation Zera Abraham synagogue near WeSloan’s Lake. The group enlisted the services of Tatanka Historical Associates to research and prepare materials about the potential district. The group has also partnered with the Rose Community Foundation. Why It Matters East Europeans of Jewish descent [...]

Crowther House – Late Modernism and Environmental Engineering

CURRENT ISSUES Crowther House - 401 N. Madison Back to archive The Crowther House from Historic Denver Guide The Mid-Century Modern House in Denver, photography by Kathleen Roach UPDATE: Denver City Council declined to designate Crowther House as a landmark on Dec. 12, 2023. The property owner opposed designation and plans to demolish the building and redevelop the site. Community Landmark Application Headed to the City Three Denver residents have applied for landmark status for the Crowther House in Cherry Creek — a building that is worthy of, and meets the criteria for, landmark designation. Why It Matters The Crowther house is the embodiment of Richard Crowther’s career, innovation, design and does it all while being distinctly modern, a style of building that is constantly under threat of demolition. We are rapidly losing examples of this influential architect’s career, and examples of the buildings that laid the groundwork for environmentally-conscious designs. These structures and Crowther’s work in general [...]

52nd Annual Dinner & Awards

CURRENT ISSUES 52nd Annual Dinner and Awards Back to archive Annual Dinner & Awards program to honor historic buildings that preserve culture, affordability and sustainability Join us Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Brown Palace Hotel to celebrate these inspirational projects and preservationists Historic Denver, Inc. announced the recipients of its annual awards for projects and people preserving key historic buildings in Denver. This year’s preservation project award recipients include buildings that are not only historic, but provide affordable housing, advanced sustainability, and/or have a presence that is distinctively Denver.  “Historic buildings are community assets and part of our cultural fabric,” said John Lucero, chair of the Historic Denver Board of Trustees. “What’s more, preserving them is compatible with growth, affordability, sustainability and inclusivity — and our 2022 award recipients are living proof.”    INDIVIDUAL HONOREES Polly Baca: Political consultant and the first Latina elected to the Colorado State Senate​.  Polly Baca will receive the Molly Brown Award for devoting many [...]

Urban Cowboy Boutique Hotel to Open in Historic Schleier Mansion – Press Release

CURRENT ISSUES Urban Cowboy Boutique Hotel to Open in Historic Schleier Mansion Back to archive The George Schleier Mansion in 2021 This is a press release by Urban Cowboy written in conjunction with GBX Group and Historic Denver. Urban Cowboy Heads West: Owners Lyon Porter and Jersey Banks to Open Outpost of Boutique Hotel in Denver A historic Downtown Mansion will play host to the lodge and signature Public House bar/restaurant, joining properties in Nashville, The Catskills and Brooklyn Urban Cowboy, a boutique-hotel that invites visitors to experience community and freedom against a cowboy-inspired backdrop, has settled on its next frontier: Denver. Owners Lyon Porter and Jersey Banks will bring an outpost of the lodge - along with a two-story version of bar and restaurant Public House - to a historic mansion in the city’s Downtown, joining sister locations in Nashville, the Catskills and Brooklyn. The mile-high property represents a homecoming of sorts for Denver-native Banks, who [...]

Our Story, Our Work

In the 1970s, Denver’s historic structures faced demolition in alarming numbers. In true pioneer spirit, a group of citizens created Historic Denver Inc. to save one of our city’s most celebrated historic homes: the Molly Brown House Museum. This flagship example of our mission allows us to connect the past and present. With the support of our members, our work to safeguard the soul of the city continues at the Museum, through our diverse and engaging programs, technical resources, and through our advocacy for the historic places you love. 

Engage and Experience

Step into Historic Denver through our programs, events and exhibits that educate, entertain and inspire community engagement. Explore a historic neighborhood on our Walking Tours. Take a guided tour or see an exhibit at our Molly Brown House Museum. Attend a Re(garding) Denver forum to discuss current preservation topics. Volunteer for our Discover Denver survey to learn about our city’s unique buildings. Support Historic Denver and the Museum at our Annual Awards Dinner. Through our extensive offerings, you’ll learn the full story of our city’s past and the challenges facing its preservation today.

Saving Places

Historic Denver works with property owners, neighborhoods and partners to create preservation solutions that sustain and strengthen our communities. Take advantage of our experience and expertise to care for your historic property or launch your community preservation project. We offer guidance in the form of technical assistance, contacts, tools and incentives. Our Action Fund catalyzes innovative community projects that enhance Denver’s authentic flavor.  Follow our Current Issues page to see the latest news about our advocacy work, or peruse our easements, preservation projects, historic district designation, and demolition review information. Need help at home? We offer a Contractor Resource list exclusively for our members.