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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

Sat 18

Love Old Buildings Expo

May 18 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Jun 13

Wicked Colfax Walking Tour

June 13 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Jul 11
Jul 11
Aug 22

Wicked Colfax Walking Tour

August 22 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Current Issues

El Chapultepec– Landmark Designation Filed to Prevent Demolition

CURRENT ISSUES El Chapultepec – Landmark Designation Filed to Prevent Demolition Back to archive El Chapultepec– Landmark Designation Filed to Prevent Demolition The iconic El Chapultepec building at 1962 Market Street faces the threat of demolition. To help protect this 130-year-old building, Historic Denver filed a Landmark designation application today. Despite offering suggestions on how to adaptively reuse the building, we believe the owner intends to apply for a demolition permit. It is our goal to find a compromise to protect this key piece of Denver’s history outside the landmark designation process. Sign The Petition Why It Matters “The story of our city is told by buildings large and small, grand and discrete. If the walls of 1962 Market Street could talk, they would tell the stories of the countless patrons, musicians, politicians, and even a U.S. president, who gathered at El Chapultepec, Denver’s legendary jazz club,” Historic Denver President & CEO John Deffenbaugh said. “The history [...]

5013 Montview

CURRENT ISSUES 5013 Montview Back to archive Update After searching for a prospective buyer for this property, unfortunately none was found. It is the current plan for the building to replaced with a new residence, and our hope is the new building will reflect some of the area's wonderful past. Calling All Prospective Home Buyers The former home of Harry Huffman, a 1930s Denver theater mogul and one of Montview Boulevard's original grand homes is under threat of demolition. After the owners filed for a demolition permit, the City and County of Denver flagged the home as a potential Landmark. A mediation period was started between the owners and concerned community members. The owners agreed to list the home for sale to seek a buyer who will restore it and give it a new lease on life. Why It Matters The house was recognized for its significance as Harry Huffman's home, a great example of Renaissance Revival Style, for [...]

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Historic Denver names John Deffenbaugh new CEO

CURRENT ISSUES Historic Denver Names John Deffenbaugh CEO Back to archive Historic Denver names John Deffenbaugh new CEO Historic Denver, Inc. today named John Deffenbaugh its president and CEO. Deffenbaugh will oversee advocacy and operations for the 53-year-old nonprofit and its flagship property, the Molly Brown House Museum.  Deffenbaugh brings nearly 20 years of experience on architectural, urban and creative design projects in the United States and the U.K., including past positions with city governments, design consultancies and property-ownership teams.  “John is a dynamic leader and a thoughtful urbanist with a passion for historic preservation and community engagement,” said John Lucero, chair of the Historic Denver Board of Trustees. “Historic Denver is a community-driven voice for historic places, and a leader in place-based storytelling, preservation and education. We are thrilled to bring him on to lead our organization at this pivotal time in our city.” In his new role, Deffenbaugh intends to focus the organization on sensitive, targeted and [...]

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Candidates talk preservation, growth in lead-up to April election

CURRENT ISSUES Denver Municipal Election Back to archive Mayor and Council Candidates on Preservation, Growth The 2023 municipal election is upon us, with ballots due by 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4. Historic Denver does not endorse any candidate. However, we are keenly aware of the influence a mayor and city council members can have on policies related to our built environment and our historic and cultural treasures, and we are watching the election closely. With this in mind, Historic Denver queried the candidates regarding the issues we know you care about, such as preservation, sustainability, and the intersection of historic buildings and affordable housing. With support from the CU-Denver College of Architecture and Planning's "Politics of Preservation" class, Historic Denver sent questions to those running for city council and mayor, using their publicly available email addresses. Recipients received the questionnaire, as well as two reminder emails, over a 10-day period. Of the 17 candidates for mayor and 40 [...]

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Historic City Park West Mansion Saved From Demolition

CURRENT ISSUES 1741 Gaylord St. Back to archive 1902 Building Designed By Architects of Denver Union Station to Become Local Landmark In February 2023, three City Park West residents applied to designate the Dutch Colonial Revival mansion at 1741 Gaylord St. as a landmark, following the real estate developer/owner’s request for a certificate of demolition eligibility from the city. The residents applied for landmark designation after a mediation period during which the developer and neighborhood advocates were unable to reach an agreement. On March 21, 2023, A Denver City Council committee advanced the landmark application to the full council, where it was unanimously approved on April 24. Why It Matters This building’s history and architecture are integral to the context of its block and its neighborhood. Built in 1902 by renowned Denver architects Gove & Walsh (designers of Denver Union Station), 1741 Gaylord St. — also known as the Hurlbut House — is a significant, [...]

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 [...]

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.