Proposed Civic Area Historic District - Boulder

Enjoy the opportunity to virtually explore this central neighborhood of Boulder which has been nominated to be the 11th historic district in the city.

Proposed Civic Area Historic District - Boulder

Boulder, Colorado 80302, United States

Created By: Historic Boulder, Inc.

Tour Information

Thank you for taking this virtual walking tour of the Proposed Civic Area Historic District. Our intention is to explain the unique history of the area, increase awareness of what historic designation means, and encourage you to share your opinions on the proposed district with the City of Boulder Planning Department.

Historic district designation recognizes areas of historic, architectural, and/or environmental significance. It provides protection through a formal city-managed design review to ensure that future changes to this neighborhood are sensitive to its special character. There are 10 historic districts in town, including Chautauqua, the Pearl Street Mall, Mapleton Hill and seven other residential areas.

In 2022 the City Council directed planning staff to explore the viability of designating this area as a historic district. Three preservation organizations (Historic Boulder Inc., Friends of the Teahouse and Friends of the Bandshell), submitted the nomination for this area in June of 2023.

This historic designation will benefit Boulder in a number of ways:

1) It would provide official recognition of the layered history of this neighborhood in the heart of Boulder, highlighting its contributions to the story and spirit of Boulder.

2) Having an official historic district here will guarantee that advocates for historic preservation will be able to review future proposals of physical changes in this neighborhood. This will ensure that changes to the buildings and the Park are appropriately done in relation to the character of the district.

3) It will provide an opportunity to connect with national and state organizations for educational publicity, volunteer support and financial donations for this neighborhood

4) It will promote history-driven tourism. Almost $1 billion comes to Boulder each year from visitors' stays at hotels, attending conferences, dining and shopping. Boulder’s unique historic places are a large reason people visit. Heritage tourism directly supports the economic vitality of our city. Did you know that 6 of the top 10 most popular places to visit are historic landmarks?

The process for designation is anticipated to lead to a review and decision by the Boulder City Council by April of 2024.

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What You'll See on the Tour

The tour begins on the steps of the BMOCA Museum at 1750 13th street. In the late 19th century, Boulder was a supply town for mining in the foothills.  New farms were developed to the east and north of downtown. This neighborhood was a mi... Read more
From this point you are in the southern portion of Central Park.  Over its almost 100-year life, Central Park has served as the primary meeting place for the community, supporting countless formal and informal activities including the cele... Read more
From this vantage point you can see a diversion channel that was engineered to bring irrigation water from Boulder Creek to the farms east and north of town.  The Boulder & White Rock Ditch Company was incorporated in 1871 and this di... Read more
From this point along the banks of Boulder Creek it is appropriate that we acknowledge that the location of this proposed historic district (and all of Boulder) is on the ancestral homelands and unceded territory of Indigenous Peoples who... Read more
The area between Broadway and the present-day Boulder public library was once a small residential neighborhood that bordered the industrial area of town where ore from the mines was processed.  Four of the properties in this neighborhood ... Read more
You have arrived at the Sister Cities Plaza In front of the Municipal Building. The City of Boulder has 10 Sister Cities. For many years Boulder's Sister Cities program has developed meaningful relationships with communities international... Read more
Next we’ll focus on the remarkable Huntington Bandshell. Saco DeBoer, a renowned planner from Denver, was hired by the City in 1927 to design more details for Central Park.  These included the locations for this bandshell and amphitheate... Read more
From the plaza between the Midland Savings / Atrium building and the Dushanbe teahouse you get a good view of this unique building. It has had two different uses over its 54-year life. The first, as a savings & loan, provided low-cost... Read more
This unique building was the result of a foreign relations peace initiative led by the ‘Sister Cities’ program.  The nation of Tajikistan, a country in the former Soviet Union, built this teahouse and Boulder sent a 'cyber cafe' in ... Read more


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