The City of Boulder recently completed a historic context and architectural survey of the city's post World War II (WWII) housing.

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Project Overview

As with many cities in the United States, Boulder experienced a surge in growth following WWII as servicemen and women returned from active duty around the world.

Rapid expansion of Boulder's population continued for several decades and transformed a quiet town of 13,000 people in 1940 into a sophisticated city of over 72,000 residents by 1972.

Project Goals

This project represents the first in-depth study of post-war tract housing in Boulder between 1947 and 1967, and focuses on 10 subdivisions around Boulder:

  1. Sunset Hills
  2. Interurban Park
  3. Flatirons Park
  4. Highland Park
  5. Edgewood
  6. Martin Acres
  7. Wagoner Manor
  8. Baseline
  9. Table Mesa
  10. Park East

Residential structures from this era make-up close to 30 percent of the city's current building stock, which makes understanding this period and architectural design important.

The intent of the survey is to:

  • Provide an educational resource regarding this era's housing; and,
  • Guide decisions regarding demolition requests for buildings over 50-years in age, but from the postwar period.

The survey results do not automatically determine or create individual landmarks or historic districts, but does include recommendations regarding the significance of each of the 10 subdivisions examined.

The survey was funded by a $60,583 grant from the State Historical Fund.