About the Historic Places Plan (HiPP)

Project Overview

The Parks and Recreation Department owns and manages twelve culturally relevant and historically designated resources. The Historic Places Plan (HiPP) will serve as a guide for the department in stewarding these resources to ensure their vibrant integrity and preservation within the community.

The plan will include background research and needs assessments, which will vary greatly for each due to their uniqueness. The research and assessments will provide a base of information that will be used to evaluate each resource with specific departmental strategies and initiatives required to make financially sustainable and data-informed decisions.

The HiPP will be a distinct and standalone plan developed alongside of and used to inform the department’s current Master Plan Update. The aligned process will ensure efficiency and effectiveness in the process for research, community engagement, and staff resources. The aligned outcomes of the plans will be used in current and future departmental, city, county, and state planning initiatives.

The consulting team on the project, Mundus Bishop, is an award-winning landscape architecture firm based in Denver. The consulting team has intimate knowledge about Boulder’s significant places, particularly those with historic value or with natural attributes.

Project Information and Updates

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Planning work during this project will focus on select features, landscapes, buildings and structures within the following resources. Historic Places Map

A map of Boulder with historic properties labeled with purple dots.

Historic Districts:


  • Harbeck-Bergheim House
  • Glen Huntington Bandshell
  • Fire Station No. 02 (aka Pottery Lab)
  • Roney House
  • Platt Farmhouse

Rolling Stock:

Archeological Site:

  • Boyd Smelter Site

The process includes 5 phases with several upcoming opportunities for community discussions and feedback. Please use the box below to receive project updates and upcoming meeting notifications.

Phase 1 Background Research

  • Archival research of existing documentation and initial stie visits
  • Base mapping of resources

Phase 2 Needs Assessment

  • Record existing conditions and current uses
  • Assess opportunities and constraints
  • ADA assessment for accessibility

Phase 3 Resource Evaluation

  • Refine property histories
  • Assess integrity and identify character-defining features
  • Analyze spacial relationships with surrounding environments

Phase 4 Recommendation and Prioritization

  • Define management approaches
  • Determine preservation approaches
  • Future use recommendations
  • Explore funding strategies

Phase 5 Final Plan

  • Integrate and Illustrate the process and outcomes
  • Prepare the final plan

Project Process Diagram

A timeline for the project shows we are in the Needs Assessment and Resource Evaluation phases.

The department received a matching grant of $190,000 from History Colorado, State Historic Fund (HC-SHF) for the Historic Places Plan*. The grant provides a majority of the financial resources needed to develop a comprehensive plan for these 12 historic places.

*History Colorado, State Historic Fund Grant is titled Multiple Resources Preservation Plan.