Three applications considered for historic designation; fourth expected

Denver could soon have three new historic landmarks if historic designation applications are approved by the Landmark Preservation Commission and Denver City Council in the coming weeks. 

The potential new historic landmarks/districts are:
  • National Western Stock Show Stadium Arena, 4655 Humboldt St. The arena, built in 1908-09, is owned by the National Western Stock Show and is associated with the historical development of Denver and of the annual stock show, one of the largest and oldest stock shows still in operation in the United States.
  • South Lincoln Street historic district, 200 block of South Lincoln Street. Homeowners in the 200 block of South Lincoln want to designate their block as a historic district. The block includes 15 homes designed by architect William Lang built between 1889 and 1895, all of which embody Queen Anne architecture. One of the homes (227 S. Lincoln) was designated an individual historic landmark in 2015. 
  • Emily Griffith Opportunity School, 1250 Welton St. The former Emily Griffith Opportunity School is named for an innovative educator who spearheaded the creation of a school providing non-traditional education for the community in 1917. It became the first of its kind in the country and was a national role model. 
Denver currently has 334 historic landmarks and 51 historic districts. 

"Preservation helps to tell our city's story," says Brad Buchanan, executive director of Denver Community Planning and Development and former chair of the Landmark Preservation Commission. "As our city grows and changes, preserving our historic landmarks and districts becomes even more important."

Preservation planners expect to receive a fourth application later this year for a single-family house near City Park. The last time Denver had four or more historic landmarks designated in one year was 2007.

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