As one of the nation’s premier historic preservation organizations, Historic Denver, Inc. protects the historic neighborhoods that make Denver unique. In the 1970s Denver's historic structures faced demolition in epic numbers. In true pioneer spirit, a group of citizens joined in an effort just in time to save one of our city's most celebrated historic homes - that of "unsinkable" Molly Brown. Historic Denver, Inc. was formed, and since then has been the leading voice for preservation through Advocacy, Education, and Technical Assistance. Historic Denver, Inc. is the organization for people who love our city.
Historic Denver, Inc. was founded in 1970 through a chain of events that spurred a group of passionate citizens to prevent demolition of the 1889 home of Titanic survivor Margaret “Molly” Brown. The home became the Molly Brown House Museum, which the organization continues to operate today. This initial undertaking stimulated preservation efforts throughout the city led by Historic Denver, including the preservation of 9th Street Historic Park, the rescue of the Paramount Theater, the creation of the Lower Downtown Historic District and other Historic Districts and technical support for historic neighborhoods and more than 50 sacred landmarks citywide. Historic Denver is committed to enhancing the city’s unique identity through education, activism, and stewardship on behalf of local heritage and historic places.
As a result of these projects Historic Denver is among the nation’s premier non-profit urban historic preservation organizations. Through grant funds and easement donations, Historic Denver has invested over $20 million dollars into our community and neighborhoods, heightening awareness of our architectural heritage and educating and empowering neighborhoods to positively affect quality changes in our developing city. Four and a half decades into our journey, we continue to advocate for Denver’s identity as a city that remembers and respects its past as it plans for the future.