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Historic Preservation

Historic Preservation

The Historic Preservation program helps preserve the community's unique heritage, culture, and character by protecting physical assets from Boulder's past. Community interest in preservation has resulted in more than 1,300 designated historic properties in Boulder, including 175 individual landmarks and 10 historic districts.

In 2013, the city developed a Historic Preservation Plan The plan outlines the different program areas in detail and identifies near-term and long-term goals for the program.   

National Register Nomination - University Hill Commercial District 

In 2015, the City Council expressed its support for the University Hill Reinvestment Strategy, including exploring National Register District designation as a way to provide property owners with financial and other incentives to rehabilitate historic properties in the area. 

In the summer of 2015, the city held an open house to discuss the National Register program. The open house was followed by one-on-one meetings with a number of interested property owners. Following these meetings, there was general support for a National Register District on the Hill, and the city contracted with Front Range Research to prepare the nomination. 

The draft nomination is available online: University Hill Commercial District National Register Nomination. pdf 

The Landmarks Board expressed support for the nomination at their April 5, 2017 meeting. The State Historic Preservation Review Board will review the nomination at their May 19, 2017 meeting, held at 10 a.m. at the History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway, Denver.  

Please contact James Hewat, Senior Historic Preservation Planner, at or (303) 441-3207 and Sarah Wiebenson, University Hill Community Development Coordinator, with questions or concerns. 

Upcoming Meeting Dates, Agendas and Items

Meeting to Discuss Alternatives to Demolition - 3131 7th St., Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 2:00 PM at 3131 7th St. 

Landmarks Design Review Committee Meeting pdf - Wednesday, April 26 starting at 8:30 a.m.

Next Landmarks Board Meeting pdf - the Wednesday, May 3 starting at 6:00 p.m.


Ride Through History With Us

Marcy Cameron, City of Boulder Historic Preservation Planner, will lead this 1.5 hour bike tour. By starting at the Dushanbe Teahouse, the tour will navigate around the Civic Area, then head toward the Whittier neighborhood, highlighting historic properties along the way. You can download the flyer here. pdf

When:        May 10, 2017 at 12 p.m.

Location:   Tour begins at the Dushanbe Teahouse


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