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Preservation for Living Project


The City of Arvada collaborated with Historic Denver Inc. and graduate students in architecture from the University of Colorado to develop informational workshops and pattern books for owners of pre-and-post-war housing.

The workshops held in 2010-2011 were on the topics of historic preservation basics, historic tax credits, window and masonry repairs, and energy efficient materials and methods that make the most sense for your older home. Informational videos and presentations of these workshops are available in the related links to the right.

The four neighborhoods featured in this program include the older pre-war homes of the Stocke-Walter and Reno Park historic districts, and the early post-war ranch homes in the Alta Vista and Allendale sub-divisions. Two pattern books, one for pre-war and one for post-war, have been developed in response to the anticipated development pressure likely to be spurred by the forthcoming FasTracks Gold Line commuter rail service. These pattern books detail the characteristics that define the homes in these neighborhoods and provide appropriate design solutions that update the homes while respecting the style and scale in which they were initially constructed.

This project was funded in part by the State Historical Fund and the National Trust for Historic Preservation Partners in the Field Program. For more information please contact Cheryl Drake at 720-898-7436 or Kim Grant at 720-898-7125.