For Building Owners
Owning a historic building, whether it’s your home, your business or an investment property, requires care and commitment. There are a variety and resources, tools and incentives designed to make caring for your property a little easier.
A preservation easement is an interest in real property that the owner of the property transfers to a qualified organization such as Historic Denver, Inc. (or to a governmental body). To be eligible, the property must be historically designated either at the local, state or national level. An easement prohibits the demolition of the property and any modifications that will harm its historic character, and also requires that the property be maintained in good condition. Preservation easements are a powerful tool for protecting a historic property because an easement “runs with the land” – meaning it is perpetual and remains in place when the property is sold.
It’s important to note- easements are not the same thing as historic designation. Easements are an additional tool a property owner may elect to use to protect a building, and each easement is negotiated on a case-by-case basis. Easements are never automatically placed on any property but are given voluntarily by the owner. Easements cannot be placed on entire historic districts.
Historic Denver currently holds over 60 easements in the Denver metro area. While Historic Denver is not a regulatory agency and is not involved in design review of local landmarks, we do have an obligation to ensure the general upkeep of these particular easement properties. In order to fulfill the conditions of the easement, Historic Denver conducts annual inspections of our easement properties in order to ensure that they are in good condition and have not been altered. Our experienced staff identifies areas of concern and recommends preservation approaches, materials and contractors for any needed work.
If you would like to train to become an easement inspector, please contact us. Inspections are generally conducted biennially, between May and September.
Historic Denver’s Easement Properties:
430 Years Church of God in Christ, 701 East 23rd Avenue
American National Bank, 500 Harrison Avenue
Asbury United Methodist Church, 2205 West 30th Street
Barth Hotel, 1510 17th Street
Bethany Swedish Lutheran Church, 205 West 5th Avenue
Central Presbyterian Church, 1660 Sherman Street
Chamber Lofts, 1742 Champa
Clock Tower, 2519 Walnut
Courtyard by Marriot(Tritch Building), 934 16th Street
Croke-Paterson-Campbell Mansion, 428-430 East 11th Avenue
Curtis-Grave Home, 1111 Humboldt
Eisenhower Memorial Chapel, 2nd & Roslyn
El-Jebel Shrine Temple, 1770 Sherman
Elitch’s Theatre, 4600 West 37th Place
Fisher Mansion, 1600 & 1620 Logan
Flower-Vaille House, 1610 Emerson
Foster-McCauley-Symes House, 738 Pearl
Gargoyle-Zang House, 1532 Emerson
H.H. Thomas House, 2104 Glenarm Place
Hangar 61, 21st Street & Central Park Blvd.
Henry H. Tammen House, 1061 Humboldt
Hotel Teatro, 1110 14th Street
Ideal Cement Company, 821 17th Street
John Porter House, 777 Pearl
Joshel House, 220 South Dahlia
Kistler-Rodriguez House, 700 East 9th Avenue
Malo Mansion, 500 East 8th Avenue
Mayfair Building, 2543 California
McKinley Mansion/ Campbell House, 950 Logan
Midwest Iron Works, 25 Larimer
Mouat House, 1750 Gilpin
Norman Condominums, 99 South Downing
Ochiltree Block, 2935 Zuni
Our Merciful Savior (All Saints Episcopal Church), 2222 West 32nd Avenue
Pennborough Condominums, 1165 Pennsylvania
Ray Apartments, 1550 &1560 Ogden
Richthofen Castle, 7020 East 12th Avenue
Rockmount Ranch Wear, 1626 Wazee Street
Sanctuary Lofts/ Scotts Methodist Church, 2201 Ogden
Sculptured House, 24591 Ski Hill Drive
Sheedy Mansion, 1115 Grant Street
Sherman School (Art Students League of Denver), 200 Grant
Skerrit House, 3560 South Bannock
South Broadway Christian Church, 23 Lincoln
Sweet-Miller House, 1075 Humboldt
Sykes-Nicholson-Moore House, 1410 High Street
Tears-McFarlane House, 1290 Williams
Temple Emanuel, 1595 Pearl Street
Ten Winkle Building, 404-410 West 12th Avenue
Thomas Hornsby Ferril House, 2123 Downing Street
Treat Hall East, 18th Avenue and Pontiac Street
Voorhees House, 1471 Stuart Street
Weir Building, 2401-2413 32nd Avenue
Weir Building, 3209 – 3215 Zuni Street
Zall House, 5401 East 6th Avenue
Designated historic properties can be eligible for preservation tax credits and more. Restoring or rehabilitating a historic structure requires planning, a love of challenges, and financing! Read more about Tax Credits, the State Historical Fund and other funding sources…
Designated historic properties can be eligible for preservation tax credits. These credits can significantly reduce the cost of restoration and rehabilitation. A 20% federal tax credit is available to commercial properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A 20-25% Colorado state tax credit is available to both income-producing and residential property-owners of properties listed on either the National Register of Historic Places, State Register of Historic Places or locally designated through a Certified Local Government, like the City of Denver. Buildings that contribute to a historic district are also eligible.
Colorado Job Creation & Main Street Revitalization Program
On Wednesday, May 14, 2014 Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB-1311, the Colorado Job Creation & Main Street Revitalization Act at a meeting of economic development organizations in Pueblo. Historic Denver advocated for this legislation along with our preservation partners, History Colorado, Colorado Preservation, Inc., the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Downtown Colorado, Inc.
Co-sponsored in the House by Representatives Leroy Garcia and Tim Dore and in the Senate by Senators Pat Steadman and Larry Crowder, the bill improves Colorado’s existing state tax credit by increasing the project cap from $50,000 to $1 million for commercial projects and by making the commercial credits transferable. Fewer changes were made to the way the tax credit applies to single-family homes, although it can now be “re-used” more than once per property, which makes long-term stewardship more viable. To be eligible to use the credits, a building must be locally designated or listed on either the State Register or National Register of Historic Places.
State Historical Fund
The State Historical Fund (SHF) is a unique program of the Colorado Historical Society that funds a wide range of preservation projects across the State of Colorado, including restoration construction efforts. SHF grant funds are generated from the state tax revenues produced by gaming in the historic mining towns of Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek.
Since grant applicants to the SHF must be either a non-profit organization or public entity, and the proposed project must be able to demonstrate a public benefit, SHF grants are not a good option for the restoration of a private residence. Private owners of buildings open to the public or otherwise offering a public benefit may apply for a grant with the sponsorship of an eligible non-profit. Historic Denver has successfully applied for and managed dozens of SHF grants on behalf of private and non-profit owners. Please visit the State Historical Fund’s website to learn more about the available grant types, application process and grant regulations.
To learn about how Historic Denver may be able to apply for and/or manage a grant on behalf of your organization, please contact our Director of Preservation Programs, John Olson by phone at 303-534-5288 ext. 4 or by email at email@example.com.
Other Funding Sources
Historic Denver currently does not offer direct assistance in funding preservation projects.
Historic Designation Frequently Asked Questions
Is your building a local landmark or located in a historic district? We’ve created a Historic Designation FAQ guide, which answers many of the questions we commonly receive from property owners. You can also visit the City of Denver’s Landmark Preservation website to search for designated properties, read about design review for designated properties, and find pertinent application forms.
The city of Denver’s Preservation Ordinance was created in 1967, just a year after the watershed passage of the National Historic Preservation Act. The ordinance is a framework that supports Denver’s historic districts and individual landmarks, and specifically outlines provisions related to historic designation, design review and demolition review. It is an important to note that these functions are managed by the City & County of Denver, its Landmark Preservation Committee, and the Denver City Council.
There are 52 local historic districts in Denver and over 300 individually landmarked properties. Landmark designation is a great tool for preserving the historic fabric of Denver’s neighborhoods while encouraging thoughtful and sympathetic improvements and additions. Navigating the ins and outs of what designation means for your property, however, can seem like a daunting task. Below we’ve compiled a number of questions we frequently receive about designation to highlight the benefits of landmark designation and to shed light on the many misconceptions surrounding the process. The City of Denver’s Landmark Preservation Commission also has a list of Frequently Asked Questions.
Please note: Historic Denver, Inc is a private, non-profit organization that provides ideas and actions for Denver’s historic places. We do not manage the city’s designation programs. The Landmark Preservation Commission is the formal city agency responsible for designation and design review. To contact the Landmark Commission, please visit their website or call them at (720) 865-2709.
Homeowner Education Workshops
Historic Denver has produced a series of videos to capture information presented in four homeowner education workshops. Owning a historic building, whether it’s your home, your business or an investment property, requires care and commitment. There are a variety and resources, tools and incentives designed to make caring for your property a little easier. Click the links below to view the videos or slideshows.
Historic Preservation Basics and Tax Credits
Window Restoration and Weatherization
Mortar and Wood Trim Restoration
Energy Efficiency for the Older Home
Real Estate Professionals
Thank you for attending our Continuing Education class entitled, “Understanding and Selling Denver’s Historic Homes and Neighborhoods.” Below you will find the presentation and other helpful information.
The following brokers completed certification in December 2014, 2015, or 2016: View List of Brokers.
- Overview of Historic Denver, Inc.
- Architectural Styles in Colorado
- Denver’s Historic Neighborhoods
- Living in a Historic District or Home
- Financial Incentives for Historic Properties
- General Maintenance for Older Homes
- Researching Historic Properties
Helpful Publications and Links:
Real Estate Professionals
The 2017 Annual Real Estate Seminar is TBD. It typically occurs in November/December each year. Check back for more details.
The following Real Estate Professionals have completed the three credit class, “Understanding and Selling Denver’s Historic Homes and Neighborhoods.” Class material covered architectural styles in Colorado, Denver’s historic neighborhoods, living in a historic district/home, financial incentives for historic properties, general maintenance for older homes and researching historic properties. The class is typically held in December each year.
These Real Estate Professionals are uniquely suited to help you find the historic property you’ve always dreamed of, or successfully market your older home. The training these brokers have received from Historic Denver, Inc. is invaluable in educating and advising clients about the joys of owning and maintaining older homes. The following brokers completed certification in December 2014, 2015, or 2016: View List of Brokers.
Sacred Landmarks Preservation is a program of Historic Denver which serves to preserve historic sacred places and the community services they provide, regardless of religious affiliation. Since 2000, the program has worked with over 50 sacred sites to identify and correctly address issues with the historic building so that the functions housed inside may continue to thrive.
Does your historic place of worship need help? You’re invited to contact us for help and information.
We believe that historic places of worship are irreplaceable centers that create and sustain communities. If your place of worship could use a helping hand, your congregation may want to get involved with Sacred Landmarks Preservation; contact us today.
Through the program, we conduct research to determine the maintenance and renovation/repair costs of the historic sacred building; we strive to strengthen and maintain public education about the importance of sacred places by offering community-centered services; and we provide technical assistance to inner-city congregations and their pastors to help them accurately assess the enormous value of their physical and human resources.
Does your historic place of worship need help? You’re invited to contact us for help and information.
We believe that historic places of worship are irreplaceable centers that create and sustain communities. If your place of worship could use a helping hand, your congregation may want to get involved with Sacred Landmarks Preservation; contact us today!