Historic Preservation

Golden’s Historic Preservation program is regulated by Chapter 18.58 of the Municipal Code.

Historic District

Historic DistrictsThe history of the City of Golden is the backdrop to the vibrant and unique community that thrives today.  The story of Golden is displayed prominently in its build environment: from the table top mountains, to charming Washington Avenue, and quaint historic neighborhoods.  The preservation of Golden’s historic resources helps the community and visitors connect with the City’s history. The City has three locally designated historic districts, the 8th and 9th Street District, the 12th Street District, and the East Street District.  For additional information about Golden’s History please see the Historic Preservation Plan pdf icon, which was updated in 2018.

Historic HomeRenovating a building within one Golden’s historic districts comes with opportunities and constraints. Most exterior alterations to a building within the established historic districts must have a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) pdf icon review before the Historic Preservation Board (HPB) before a building permit can be issued.

Design Guidelines

Proposed changes to buildings within the City’s Historic Districts are subject to review by the Historic Preservation Board.  Specific design guidelines are found in The City of Golden Historic District Design Guidelines pdf icon. The design guidelines address rehabilitation’s of buildings, additions, and new construction.

These types of reviews start in the Planning Division. Do not hesitate to call at 303-384-8097 with questions regarding your project and whether or not your property requires a Certificate of Appropriateness Review.

Preservation Tax Credits

In July of 2015, the state of Colorado offered a new tax credit for the rehabilitation of qualified historic buildings. Federal and state tax laws provide tax incentives for historic preservation projects that follow the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. Preservation tax credit applications are handled through History Colorado.Visit HistoryColorado.org to learn more information on the rules and application process.

The Local Register of Historic Sites and Districts

The Local Register of Historic Sites and Districts is a list of significant buildings, structures, districts, and archaeological sites located in Golden. There are both contributing and non-contributing structures both within and outside of historic districts. A property considered for nomination must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • The property is associated with events that have made a significant contribution to history.
  • The property is connected with persons significant in history.
  • The property has distinctive characteristics of a type, period, method of construction or artisan.
  • The geographic importance of the property.
  • The property contains the possibility of important discoveries related to prehistory or history.

The Historic Preservation Board has the authority to evaluate and determine if a structure or district is of historical, architectural, and/or geographic importance. The owner of a single site or 50% of the landowners in a proposed district must complete the Site Designation Form pdf icon and submit to the Historic Preservation Board for historic site designation. The recommendation from the Board is then sent to City Council for final approval.

COG Mesa

 Golden was named after Thomas L. Golden,
a gold prospector who arrived in Jefferson County in 1858.

Additional Resources

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