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Current Issues & Advocacy

Historic Denver, Inc. is Denver’s primary supporter-based preservation advocacy organization. We work with neighborhoods, City Council members, property owners and other interested parties to ensure the preservation of essential historic resources in the Denver area.


16th Street Mall

The idea to create a mall on 16th street in Denver began as early as 1959, but was not given serious consideration until 1971. Following years of planning and construction, the 16th Street Mall, designed by the internationally renowned architectural firm I.M. Pei & Partners of New York, opened on October 4, 1982 to a crowd of over 200,000 people. The main features of I.M. Pei’s design include poly-chromatic granite pavers, wide sidewalks, and a central tree lined corridor flanked by iconic lighting fixtures...

Smiley’s Laundromat

Last summer Historic Denver learned of plans to demolish the building on the southwest corner of Colfax and Downing Street. The 1930s building is best known for having been the long-time home of Smiley’s Laundromat, a staple for Capitol Hill residents for more than 30 years. During the city's efforts to create Main Street zoning, city planners identified the building as the type of building most appropriate for Colfax, with a strong street wall, ground-floor transparency, and parking in the rear, not the front...

City Park Master Plan

In July 2014 Historic Denver convened a group of community stakeholders, including Parks & Recreation, to talk about City Park, and to explore questions about what the park's past means for its future. After several months of exploration about historic park management, the group hosted a community meeting in February 2015 and recommended an update to the 2001 Master Plan, including the development of City Park-specific design guidelines. This will allow the community to develop a shared vision for the park...

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Archived Advocacy Issues

From our first save in 1970, with the preservation of the Molly Brown House, to our work in the 1980s to create the Downtown Historic District, to our work throughout neighborhoods today, Historic Denver works tirelessly to ensure the city we love today will be here tomorrow.


Historic Denver News

Catch up on our Current Advocacy Issues, new and fresh ideas coming out of the Preservation world, and learn all about what Historic Denver and the Molly Brown House are up to.


Winter 2017: Tools to Tame Tear Downs


Summer 2016: Preserving A Vision, Planning for the Future

Winter 2016: A New Chapter Opens For Burnham Yards

Spring 2016: Krisana Park Moving Forward With Conservation Overlay

Fall 2016: Denver’s Mountain Parks Foundation Kicks Off Capital Campaign

Fall 2015: Investing in Action for the Places You Love

Spring 2015: Historic Denver’s 2015 City Council Candidate Questionnaire

Summer 2015: Happy Birthday Historic Denver!

Winter 2015: A Jewel Shines in Berkeley