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Building and Neighborhood History
  • Locally created contentBlair Caldwell African American Research Library
    More than 150 collections that come from an array of sources. The paper, audio, and visual materials include manuscripts, photographs, organizational records, broadsides, oral histories, and scrapbooks.
  • Locally created contentBuilding and Neighborhood History Tutorial
    Introduction to the many Library resources for helping you learn about the history of a building including our collections of Atlases, Building Permits, Directories & Indexes, and Photographs.
  • Colorado Aerial Photo Service
    Historic and current black-and-white and 2005 COLOR aerial photo maps of the entire state of Colorado.
  • Colorado Historical Society - Stephen H. Hart Research Library
    Books, maps, architectural drawings, private and business correspondence, family albums, photographic prints, magazines and newspapers, and a wealth of other historical resources.
  • Colorado Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation
    Engages Coloradans and their guests in partnerships to discover, preserve, and take pride in architectural, archaeological, and other historic places by providing statewide leadership and support to partners in archaeology and historic preservation.
  • Denver Assessor’s Office
    Property characteristics for homes, including the style, year built, number of bedrooms and baths, square foot of living area, lot size and zoning. The historical "chain of title" (names of previous owners) is also available through CD ROM at the front counter, as well as maps of the property.
  • Denver Building Department Records
    Locate a building permit for previous construction.
  • Denver Clerk and Recorder’s Office
    Clerk and Recorder records, preserves, and makes available to the public certain vital documents including digital images relating to, among other things, real estate transactions.
  • Denver Historic Preservation (Landmark Commission)
    Designation, design review of structural changes, and Colorado tax credit incentives related to the preservation of historic properties. Is your property Landmarked or located within a Historic District? You can search by address or intersection.
  • Denver Permit Office
    Promotes and preserves building safety. Responsibilities include building permits and plan reviews and more.
  • Denver Property Searches
    Obtain information about a property in Denver by entering the property address, or the property's parcel identification number.
  • Historic Denver Inc.
    This organization’s purpose is to preserve Denver's significant historic fabric, its distinctive architecture and its cultural landscapes that are tangible reflections of our heritage and the foundation of our quality of life. Explains the local landmark process and related preservation programs and incentives. Outlines the process of and benefits of local landmark designation.
  • National Register of Historic Places
    Part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect our historic and archeological resources.
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
    Champions preservation by providing leadership, education, advocacy and resources to people working to preserve, improve and enjoy the palces that matter to them.
  • Piton Foundation Neighborhood Facts
    Detailed and the most current information about Denver's 77 neighborhoods. It includes data, maps and graphs about each neighborhood's population, housing, economic and education characteristics, and the health and safety of its residents.

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