Red Rocks: What’s new?

In the late 1980s, a stage cover was erected at Red Rocks. It was universally disliked, but it protected musicians who played electric instruments from electrocution.  I’m sure money played a role in that, too. It always does in Denver. And unfortunately, Denver's approach to fine architecture can get really warped. Just remember the dismantling …

May is National Preservation Month, but change is in the wind

Every May, preservation and civic organizations mark the importance of preserving buildings and spaces that tell the story of a city, town or state. Denver’s extraordinary growth has challenged how to protect places that give the city character, that remember the history of how the city grew and changed, and that honor important and well-designed …

When you consider purchasing an historic property, know what you’re buying.

Larimer Square has been in the news again, and that is good. The announcement by the Square’s owner -- Jeff Hermanson and his development partners with the Denver firm Urban Villages – said they would not demolish any of the historic buildings. Instead, buildings judged non-historic could be altered or replaced by new buildings. There …

Bringing ‘culturally significant’ buildings into the preservation fold

For the last few months, I’ve been attending meetings of the city’s Landmark Ordinance Task Force meetings. The meetings began last March, and are close to wrapping up. The goals are wide-ranging: updating the make-up of the Lower Downtown Design Review Board, probably extending the timeline for consideration of potentially landmarking a property, adding a …

Oh, Landmark Preservation Commission: what’s next?

Since March, the city’s Community Planning and Development department has been convening monthly meetings with a large panel of members from different arenas – architects, preservationists, developers, neighborhood representatives, and more – to discuss and update of Denver’s landmark ordinance.  At the most recent meeting, on Oct. 9, the discussion dealt with incorporating “culturally significant …