Historic Preservation Commission

Historic Preservation Commission Role

The Central City's Historic Preservation Commission is a six-member board appointed by the City Council for the purpose of maintaining or enhancing the historical, architectural and geographical heritage of the City. The Commission enforces the design criteria and issues Certificates of Appropriateness. The design guidelines can be found below and are titled Standards and Design Guidelines of Central City.

The commission shall not design or assist in the design of any project submitted. Creative approaches to preservation and innovation in methods are encouraged.

If the commission denies an application or approves with conditions the applicant feels are unacceptable, the applicant shall have the right to appeal to the City Council.

Historic Preservation Commission Meetings

The agenda for the next meeting is typically posted on the City Hall steps will be posted here as available. Meetings may be canceled or rescheduled due to lack of business or poor weather. Special meetings may also be called.

If you have any questions regarding the next meeting, please contact Community Development Department staff at 303.582.5251. Extra meeting material/handouts are typically available at the meeting on a first come, first serve basis. If you would like a copy of the material sent to the Historic Preservation Commission, please email the Historic Preservation Administrator to make such a request. Material is typically sent to the Commission on the Friday prior to the meeting, and can be forwarded to you upon receipt of your emailed request, but only after the material has been sent to the Commission. General parking can be found in the Big T lot across the street from the City Hall.

Any contact of a Historic Preservation Commissioner regarding any specific land case or proposal or request should be made during the public meeting or through staff prior to the meeting. No one should attempt to contact a Commissioner prior to the meeting to ensure all the information is presented and heard (testimony) at the same time in a public forum.

Historic Preservation Commission Members:

Alex Thome, Chair (expires 12/20)
Deborah L. Wray, Chair pro tem (expires 12/18)
Barbara Thielemann, (expires 12/18)
David Forsyth (expires 12/18)
Jackie Mitchell (expires 12/20)
Ernie Dutch, Alternate (expires 12/20)

Ray Rears, Historic Preservation Administrator/Officer

Historic Preservation Commission Meetings

6:00 p.m. – 2nd Wednesday of the month

Meeting Agendas

Meeting Minutes

Meeting Agendas

Meeting Minutes

Meeting Agendas

Meeting Minutes

Locally Designated “Victorian Landmarks”

1)      Teller House – 110 Eureka Street – January 6, 1993 – Reso. 1-93

2)      Williams Stables – 115 Eureka Street – March 4, 1992 – Reso. 11-92

3)      Opera House – 124 Eureka Street – February 3, 1993 - Reso. 2-93

4)      Coeur D’ Alene Mine – April 21, 1993 – Reso. 15-93

5)      The Gold Coin Saloon – 122 Main Street – February 19, 1992 - Reso. 6-92

6)      Clark School – 142 Lawrence Street – October 23, 1992 – Reso. 47-92

National Historic District Inventory

The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the treatment of Historic Properties


HPC Application

Referral Approval Maybe Required

Tax Credits - For Qualified Rehabilitation