More Information on Curtis Park:
Denver Public Library’s website includes a neighborhood history guide on Curtis Park. It also includes a link to resources on the neighborhood’s history available at the library.
Curtis-Champa National Register Historic District Nomination. This 1975 nomination form includes useful information on the history of Curtis Park. In 1983, a subsequent nomination expanded the district’s boundaries. The National Register District is an honorary designation which does not convey restrictions on individual property owners. The boundaries of the National Register District are different from the locally designated Curtis Park Historic District. The boundaries of the locally-designated district are found here
Denver Landmark Preservation:
This is the division within the City and County of Denver that regulates permits within the locally designated Curtis Park Historic District.
Denver Landmark Preservation general contact information.
These are the Character-Defining Features of Curtis Park developed by Denver Landmark Preservation. City staff uses this list of features along with its general Design Guidelines for Denver Landmark Structures & Districts to evaluate proposed alterations, additions and new construction within the Curtis Park Historic District.
Information on the historic design review process which is required for all building and zoning permits in historic districts.
Information on state historic preservation tax credits for historic homes. You can use these credits to offset your state income tax bill.
Denver Landmark Preservation has a Resources for Property Owners webpage
Other Denver Resources:
Denver has a very helpful website that provides information on what work inside and outside of your home requires building permits, and that explains the permitting process by project type (bathroom remodel, fences, roofing, etc.)
If you would like to know more about the history of your home, the Denver Building History Tutorial is a great place to start.
You can also pay a visit to the Western History and Genealogy Department at the Denver Public Library-Central Library, 1200 Broadway where the librarians can direct you to resources to help you research the history of your home.
Historic Denver, Inc. is a non-profit organization that supports historic preservation in Denver, with a Resources webpage for building owners. This website includes videos on historic preservation tax credits, window restoration and weatherization, brick mortar and wood trim restoration and energy efficiency for old homes. Members can obtain access to the organization’s contractor resource list which is updated regularly. The organization is also a good resource for information on historic preservation resources and grants.
Caring for Your Historic Home:
The National Park Service has issued a series of Preservation Briefs which provide good practical information on how to complete specific rehabilitation projects on historic homes, such as preserving ornamental plaster, repairing historic windows, etc. Links to some of the most useful briefs for homeowners are provided below:
The Wisconsin Historical Society has an excellent webpage How to Preserve Your Historic Homes, which includes links to many helpful articles on repairing and weatherproofing historic windows, doors, painting historic surfaces (including choosing exterior paint colors), roofs, wood trim, and building foundations. This includes a trio of informative articles on historic house foundations, including Historic Building Foundations, Identifying Problems with Your Stone Foundation, Identifying Problems with Your Historic Brick Foundation, and Preserving the Exterior Maintenance on Your Historic Building.
The National Park Service’s Illustrated Guidelines on Sustainability for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings is the go to guide on how to make your home more energy efficient and sustainable, covering everything from insulation, green roofs and solar technology.
Maintaining Your Historic Home: A Practical Guide for Homeowners. This publication was produced for a county in Pennsylvania, but is very user-friendly with great illustrations and tips on resolving common maintenance problems on historic homes. It includes a helpful home inspection checklist for property owners.
The Heritage Building Manual from Canada is another thorough and user-friendly maintenance manual for historic homeowners, with inspection checklists and troubleshooting tables to help property owners diagnose maintenance problems and determine next steps. It covers all aspects of a historic home from foundations to roofs, windows and doors, energy efficiency and site drainage.
The Old House Journal website has great information on products and services available to repair historic buildings, as well as “how to” articles on how to improve and repair your historic home.
The city of Boulder has a two-part holistic and detailed guide on how to make every aspect of your historic home energy efficiency, Making Your Historic Building Energy Efficient: Volume 1 and Volume 2
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has a webpage on historic windows, and a video on retrofitting historic windows
The Window Preservation Alliance is a clearinghouse on historic windows, and the site including invaluable information on historic windows (go to the library page), energy efficiency of historic versus replacement windows, reports and studies. Download their handout: Top Ten Reasons to Restore or Repair Windows
If you are an Xcel Energy customer, learn about energy audits for your home, and sign up for an audit rebate.
City and County of Denver webpage on resources to help homeowners improve energy efficiency of homes
This web content was added in 2019, and is accurate to the best of our abilities. Contact Denver Landmark Preservation for the most up-to-date and accurate information on the city's design review and permit requirements.