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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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Upcoming Events

Sun 25

Curtis Park House Tour

September 25 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Oct 13
Oct 14

Victorian Horrors

October 14 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Oct 15

Victorian Horrors

October 15 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Oct 16

Victorian Horrors

October 16 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Victorian Horrors

October 20 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Oct 21

Victorian Horrors

October 21 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Oct 22

Victorian Horrors

October 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Oct 27

Victorian Horrors

October 27 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Current Issues

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 [...]

Historic Denver Searches for New President and CEO

Historic Denver Searches for a New President and CEO Historic Denver is undertaking the important and thoughtful work to of finding a new leader to bring us into the future. The board has engaged an experienced search consultant to help navigate this effort, and we are now actively encouraging applications for the position from qualified local and national candidates. For a link to the full position posting please click here. What It Takes Historic Denver needs a leader who is passionate about preserving our cultural heritage and community assets across the city and who see and anticipate opportunities that others may miss. We need a leader who is visionary, dynamic, flexible, and committed. Our work requires outstanding communication and negotiation skills, political acumen and a proven ability to partner successfully with multiple stakeholders including policy-makers, community groups, property owners, and elected and appointed city leaders. This work frequently does not follow a straight line, and thus, the incoming President & CEO will be comfortable with complex and creative problem solving and finding mutually beneficial solutions in a [...]

Emily Griffith Opportunity School Transformed

CURRENT ISSUES Emily Griffith Opportunity School Back to archive Preserving & Protecting a Legacy- the former Emily Griffith Opportunity School For 100 years the buildings at 12th & Welton Street were home to the Emily Griffith Opportunity School- the influential and pioneering legacy of an educator determined to create opportunity for all Denverites. When the Emily Griffith programs, both secondary and the technical college, moved out of the buildings in 2014 a new chapter began—one that started with advocacy and continued with a transformative reuse. Why It Matters Emily Griffith is one of Denver’s most notable women – and her dedication to educational opportunity transformed public education, and led to opportunities for generations of Denverites who received vocational training, diplomas and certificates that led to prosperous careers and supported Denver’s growth and development. The buildings she left behind represent not only her story, but the stories of generations of community members who passed through the halls. Now set for [...]

16th Street Mall

We support and advocate for the preservation of this unique and iconic space, specifically noting the significance of the granite pattern, the trees and the lights, and the intricacies of these relationships in the original I.M. Pei & Partners design.

Executive Director Annie Levinsky to depart Historic Denver

CURRENT ISSUES Annie Levinsky to depart Historic Denver after 14 years as executive director "Unyielding dedication to thoughtful and inclusive preservation, education and advocacy." After 19 years with Historic Denver, Inc. including 14 as executive director, Annie Levinsky will step down to join History Colorado as chief of staff. As a leading voice for preservation in the region, Annie has led Historic Denver in successfully advocating for the preservation of hundreds of buildings that hold a special place in the hearts of Denver communities, including historic districts and individual landmarks. “I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to lead an organization that has made such an impact on the city I love,” Levinsky said. “All that we’ve done, we’ve done in a creative, collaborative and approachable way, and I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved together.” Historic Denver’s Board of Trustees will begin a local and national search for a new executive director immediately. “On behalf [...]

East 7th Avenue & Judge Raymond Jones

CURRENT ISSUES East 7th Avenue & Judge Raymond Jones East 7th Avenue- Steele Street Extension Protects Judge Raymond Jones Home As the pandemic raged in 2020 and 2021 residents of the 600 and 700 blocks of Steele Street talked on Zoom, on porches, and on-line about pursuing a small historic district designation, just two blocks long and immediately adjacent to the existing East 7th Avenue Historic District. Among the 19 homes in the proposed area is particularly special, the long-time home of Judge Raymond Jones, the first African American appointed to Colorado's Appellate Court, and author of over 1,300 opinions. On December 13, 2021 City Council unanimously created the Easy 7th Avenue-Steele Street Extension Historic District, with Judge Jones and his son in attendance. Judge Jones' association with the block was an important part of the designation application, and as a contributing structure the home will be protected, and eligible for preservation incentives for rehabilitation. Why [...]

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.