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Below is Community Planning and Development’s latest Landmark Preservation newsletter. On Tuesday, November 1st, the Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC) will hold a public hearing for the adoption of the phase 1 update to the Design Guidelines for Denver Landmark Structures and Districts. The phase 1 update includes proposed changes for solar panels, retaining walls, and materials for use on additions, new construction, and accessory structures, as well as clarifications to guidelines associated with egress windows, landscaping, fences, lighting, and sheds. You can find more information about the proposed changes and LPC hearing on our project webpage.

Public hearing: Proposed landmark design guidelines updates A public hearing on the Phase 1 draft of updates to the Design Guidelines for Denver Landmark Structures and Districts will be on November 1 at the Landmark Preservation Commission meeting. Phase 1 updates include: Revisions to guidelines for solar panels, retaining walls, and cladding materials for infill, additions, and accessory structures. Clarifications to existing guidelines about landscaping, sheds, lighting, egress windows, and fencing. Learn more and join the meeting >> Cadillac Lofts becomes Denver's newest individually designated landmark structure On August 15, Denver City Council approved the landmark designation of Cadillac Lofts at 1090 Cherokee St. Cadillac Lofts is significant both for its role as a support facility to nearby Automobile Row, beginning in the 1920s, and for its reuse as the first new residential building in the redevelopment of Golden Triangle in the 1980s. The building is a significant example of the work of the prominent Denver architecture firm of Fisher & Fisher, which operated from 1892 to 1997, and is an example of late 19th and early 20th Century American Movements: Chicago style architecture. Distinguishing features include a steel-frame, masonry cladding, and little ornamental detail. See more >> Designation of the Livestock Exchange building advances to Denver City Council The landmark designation of the Livestock Exchange building at 4701 N. Marion St. will advance to Denver City Council for a public hearing on November 21. The Livestock Exchange has a direct association with the historical development of the city. The property was built in response to centralization of the growing livestock and meatpacking industries in and around the Denver Union Stock Yards. It embodies the distinctive visible characteristics of two architectural styles - Early Twentieth Century Commercial and Classical Revival and it promotes an understanding and appreciation of the urban environment by means of distinctive physical characteristics and rarity. See meeting info and more >> Proposed building code changes encourage reuse of historic homes Appendix AJ of the International Residential Code (IRC) promotes the continued reuse of existing buildings and structures. In previous code adoption cycles, this appendix was not adopted by the City and County of Denver. However, Appendix AJ is proposed to be adopted to allow residential property owners greater flexibility in the continued use and proposed alterations or renovations, while still maintaining important life safety requirements. Landmark Preservation staff is supportive of the adoption and worked closely with city staff on developing amended code language. Review the draft code language >> Join us for a code adoption briefing Learn about the most relevant updates and changes to the 2022 Denver Building & Fire Code and 2022 Denver Green Code. We will also highlight key changes related to the new Energize Denver Ordinance requirements. Ample time for Q&A will be provided as well as ICC and AIA HSW continuing education credit. View event details. Tuesday, November 8 4-6 p.m. Register via Zoom About Landmark Preservation Landmark preservation is an important function of Denver Community Planning and Development. Denver City Council enacted the Denver Landmark Ordinance in 1967 to foster the protection, enhancement, perpetuation and use of structures and districts of historical, architectural, geographic and/or cultural significance.  Staff in our Landmark Preservation office and two landmark commissions carry out that mission through design review, historic surveys and landmark designations. Staff also assists owners of historic properties by providing guidance and resources for preserving, maintaining and rehabilitating historic buildings and properties. Learn more about Denver's preservation efforts at

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