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Historic Preservation in Colorado

Revised Winter 2016

By Amy Zimmer, Colorado State Publications Library,

The Colorado Office of Archaeology & Historic Preservation, which works to preserve historic buildings and archaeological sites, distributes information about the importance of preservation and how the public can get involved. Many of their publications have been posted online or can be downloaded in PDF format.

Selected Internet Resources:

Multiple Property Listings:

The Colorado Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation has developed a number of “multiple property listings,” which categorize historically designated properties by building type, geographic location, or other such category.  Following are a selection of these listings.  Those without web links can be checked out in print from our library.

The following is a selected list of print titles available to borrow from the State Publications Library.  This list includes titles from the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation as well as other state agencies.

  • The Architecture and Art of Early Hispanic Colorado.  By Robert Adams.  University Press of Colorado, 1998.
  • Colorado Museums and Historic Sites.  By Victor J. Danilov.  University Press of Colorado, 2000.
  • A Guide to Colorado Architecture.  By Sarah J. Pearce.  Colorado Historical Society, 1983.
  • Guide to Colorado Historic Places:  Sites Supported by the Colorado Historical Society’s State Historical Fund.  By Thomas J. Noel.  Colorado Historical Society, 2006.
  • Heritage and Change in Colorado:  U.S. Landscape Preservation and Heritage Area Programs.  Colorado Historical Society, 1995.
  • Investing in the Past:  The Financial Impacts of Historic Preservation Activities.  By Jerry M. Calton.  University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 1987.
  • Rediscovering Northwest Denver:  Its History, Its People, Its Landmarks.  By Ruth Eloise Wiberg.  University Press of Colorado, 1995.
  • Sacred Objects and Sacred Places:  Preserving Tribal Traditions.  By Andrew Gulliford.  University Press of Colorado, 2000.
  • Saving Colorado’s Treasures [DVD].  Colorado Historical Society, 2003.
  • Spanning Generations:  The Historic Bridges of Colorado.  By Dianna Litvak.  Colorado Department of Transportation, 2004.  


To borrow any of these print publications, contact the State Publications Library, 201 E. Colfax Ave., Room 314, Denver CO 80203; 303/866-6725; fax 303/866-6940. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Publications may also be available at depository libraries that carry state government documents, or through interlibrary loan. For further information, access the State Publications web site.

For additional information, E-Mail: Amy Zimmer

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