The Historic Preservation program helps preserve the community's unique heritage, culture, and character by protecting buildings and sites that are reminiscent of Boulder's past. Community interest in preservation has resulted in more than 1,300 designated historic properties in Boulder, including 193 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. The main program areas include:
- Design Review for landmarked buildings or those located within a historic district
- Demolition Review for non-designated buildings over 50 years old
- Landmark Designation
- Community Engagement efforts, including the Structures of Merit program
Upcoming Meeting Dates, Agendas and Items
Landmarks Design Review Committee Meeting Agenda - Wednesday, August 14 at 8:30 a.m. This meeting takes place at the Planning and Development Service Center, 1739 Broadway, 3rd floor, Olmsted Room, Boulder, Colorado 80302 and typically meets every Wednesday morning (except holidays) unless otherwise notified.
Landmarks Board Special Meeting Agenda - Thursday, August 15 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. A Landmarks Board meeting to decide whether to start the landmark designation process for 891 12th Street (Marpa House). The staff memo will be posted on the "Next Landmarks Board Meeting" webpage a week before the meeting.
Landmarks Board Meeting Agenda - Wednesday, September 4 at 6:00 p.m . This meeting takes place at the Municipal Building, 1777 Broadway, 2nd floor, City Council Chambers. This meeting typically occurs the first Wednesday of every month (except holidays) unless otherwise notified. For more information, select the "Next Landmarks Board Meeting" webpage.
Individual Landmark Designation Application for 891 12th St. (Marpa House)
On July 19, 2019, Historic Boulder, Inc. submitted a Landmark Designation Application for the property at 891 12th St. The Landmarks Board will hold an Initiation Hearing on Thursday, August 15, 2019 from 1-3 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 1777 Broadway. At that meeting, the Landmarks Board will decide whether or not to accept the application and start the designation process. If they accept the application, a Landmarks Board Designation Hearing will be scheduled between 60 and 120 days. If, at the Designation Hearing, the Landmarks Board recommends designation to the City Council, a City Council Designation Hearing will be held within 100 days.
Historic Preservation Intern Position
The Historic Preservation program is seeking to fill a one year, part time, paid student internship position beginning in September 2019. Graduate or undergraduate level students from historic preservation, history, architecture, planning, or landscape architecture with a demonstrated interest in historic preservation are encouraged to apply. Application deadline is August 19, 2019. Open this Historic Preservation Internship PDF for application information.
Proposed Highland Lawn Historic District Application (May 2019)
On April 12, 2019, more than 25% of property owners in the 400 block of Marine Street submitted an application to designate the block as a historic district. The Landmarks Board Designation Hearing will be held on August 7, 2019. Visit the Proposed Highland Lawn Historic District page for more information.
Historic Preservation Story Map of Boulder
Explore Boulder's oldest 25 designated landmarks in this interative Story Map (external link).