National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Trust for Historic Preservation protects significant places representing our diverse cultural experience by taking direct action and inspiring broad public support.
Colorado Preservation Inc.
Colorado Preservation, Inc.’s mission is to promote historic preservation statewide through advocacy, education, outreach and preservation services to communities and individuals. Their vision is that inspired citizens statewide will honor and protect their heritage, build a sustainable future with historic places and prioritize the past as legacy for generations to come.
City of Boulder
The City of Boulder’s historic preservation program, which dates to 1974, is responsible for protecting hundreds of historic structures through landmark designation, reviewing demolition applications, reviewing applications to alter landmarked properties, and administering local preservation incentives, including potential relief from building codes and zoning standards.
Exterior changes to individual landmarks and buildings located within a historic district require a Landmark Alteration Certificate. Alterations are expected to comply with the set of design guidelines that are applicable to the property or historic district. The guidelines are based on the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and are used to help evaluate the alterations.
- Landmark Alteration Certificate Application
- Design Guidelines
- The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation
In 2012, the city received a grant to develop a Historic Preservation Plan. The Description and Analysis section is a great introduction to the program if you are interested in learning more about it.
Preservation Program Contact information
- Preservation Planner, James Hewat: HewatJ@bouldercolorado.gov, (303) 441-3207
- Preservation Planner, Marcy Cameron: CameronM@bouldercolorado.gov, (303) 441-3209
- Landmarks Board: firstname.lastname@example.org
Incentives for Historic Preservation
The work on your house or business may be eligible for substantial state and federal tax credits. It may also be eligible for local incentives, including tax waivers, zoning relief, recognition and design review.
Windows and Energy Efficiency
Two recent studies on windows and energy efficiency:
- Saving Windows, Saving Money: Evaluating the Energy Performance of Window Retrofit and Replacement (NTHP, 2013)
- The Effects of Energy Efficiency Treatments on Historic Windows (CRC, 2011)
Learning More About the History of Your Home
The Carnegie Library has digitized the Historic Building Inventory Records on their website —search by address to find the PDF form with basic information (year constructed, how the building has changed, who lived there etc). If you’re lucky, there may be historic photos of your house as well. A visit with Wendy Hall at the Carnegie Library is great if you’d like to dig a little deeper.