Historic Preservation

The Stone House in Lakewood.

Although a relatively new city, Lakewood’s roots date back to the late 19th century when farming communities flourished. Through the preservation program, the City can celebrate its past while achieving broader community objectives of neighborhood livability, sustainability, economic development and culture. 

The Historic Preservation Commission is responsible for guiding the city’s historic preservation program. The Historic Preservation Commission reviews local landmark designation applications and makes recommendations for designation to City Council based on criteria in the Historic Preservation Ordinance(PDF, 539KB). A landmark designation may be issued for any structure, site or district if it is found that:

  • It is associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of the city’s history; or
  • It is associated with the lives of persons significant in the city’s past; or
  • It embodies the district characteristics of a type, period or method of construction, or represents the work of a master, or possesses high artistic values, or represents a significant and distinguishable entity whose components may lack individual distinction; or
  • It has yielded, or may be likely to yield, information important in history or prehistory; or
  • It is culturally significant to the Lakewood community.

Historic Preservation Plan(PDF, 3MB)
Lakewood Landmarks and Districts(PDF, 297KB)
Lakewood Properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places(PDF, 284KB)

History Along the ArtLine

Current Projects  

Morse Park Survey Plan
Pre-1920 Lakewood Historic Property Survey


Cultural Resource Survey of NE Lakewood Phase I(PDF, 14MB)

Cultural Resource Survey of NE Lakewood Phase II(PDF, 15MB)

Eiber Neighborhood Cultural Resource Survey(PDF, 4MB)

West Colfax Avenue Historic Resources Survey


Alteration Certificate Application(PDF, 387KB)
Local Landmark Designation Form(PDF, 154KB)
Relocation Certificate Application(PDF, 347KB)


Additional Resources

Preservation for a Changing Colorado: The Benefit of Historic Preservation 

Colorado's Historic Preservation Tax Credit(PDF, 370KB)
Historic Preservation FAQ's(PDF, 3MB)

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