A group of residents are working together to create a new historic district in Northwest Denver – one that would join Ghost, Wolff Place, Witter-Cofield and Potter Highlands in achieving historic district status. Specifically, we are evaluating the area west of Lowell Boulevard to Osceola Street (both sides of the street), and north of 32nd Avenue to 35th Avenue (south side only).
The proposed historic district encompasses three of the original West Highland subdivisions: Packard's Hill, Highland Place, and First Addition to Highland Place. The Packard's Hill subdivision was platted in 1887 by William C. Packard and Charles L. Hoffman.
We are fortunate to have received a grant from History Colorado State Historical Fund to cover most of the cost to research and apply for historic designation for our area. The State Historical Fund is comprised of a portion of the gaming tax revenues from Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek and is used for historic preservation throughout the state.
Did you know that Denver already has 52 historic districts? We live directly north and northwest of two: Wolff Place and Allen M. Ghost Historic Districts. Both are south of 32nd Ave, loosely between Perry and Irving Streets.
There are several reasons why it might make sense to preserve the unique history, architecture and character of our area. First of all, the proposed district contains a very high percentage of architecturally significant homes from the late 19th century and first quarter of the 20th century, which have retained their historic character. Secondly, the proposed district is an excellent example of the late 19th and early 20th century national trend of Americans moving from the congestion of the inner city to areas farther away that advertised attractive settings and healthy environments served by rapid transit.
Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, the proposed Packard’s Hill historic district is significant for much more than just its architecture and relationship to urban planning trends. The district is exceptionally significant for its strong association with Denver women’s history and reflects the growing influence of women in society, in several professions and in property ownership and architecture. From the area’s earliest period of development, women were investors and developers, buying and trading parcels of land in Packard’s Hill and/or participating in the construction and
In addition to women’s history, the district was home to many prominent individuals, including persons significant in business, cultural leaders, noted professionals, and prominent politicians. To read more about the proposed district’s history and the individuals who lived there, go to our History page.
Please take some time to consider what you would like to see for our neighborhood in the future. Join in the conversation with neighbors. Learn more about the benefits of historic preservation. Find answers to your questions. Sign a support form if this is something you would like to see for our area. Thank you for visiting!
Building in historic districts
is very feasible.
See examples here.
Read the application submitted to the City, which contains the fascinating history of our area and a review of architectural styles found in Packard’s Hill.
Read application here.
Watch the video presentation on historic designation given by Councilman Rafael Espinoza: http://bit.ly/HistPres