Is My Property Eligible for Designation?
If you can answer any or all of these questions; your house may be eligible
for local landmark status.
Does your property have historical importance? It does, if...
- The property has character, interest or value, as part of the development,
heritage or the cultural artistic, social, ethnic, economic, political,
technological or institutional heritage of Longmont, Boulder County, Weld
County, the State of Colorado or the United States.
- The property was the site of an historic event, which had an effect
- Your property was identified with a person or group of persons who
contributed to the development, or the cultural artistic, social, ethnic,
economic, political, technological or institutional heritage of Longmont,
Boulder County, Weld County, the State of Colorado or the United States.
Does your property have architectural importance? It does, if...
- The property portrays an era of history characterized by a distinctive
- The property embodies those distinguishing characteristics of an architectural
type or specimen.
- It is the work of an architect or master builder whose individual work
has influenced the development of Longmont, Boulder County, Weld County,
the State of Colorado or the United States.
- Contains elements of architectural design, detail, materials or craftsmanship,
which represents a significant innovation.
Does your property have geographic importance? It does, if...
The property is unique in location or
singular physical characteristics, representing an established and familiar
visual feature of a neighborhood, community or the city.
If your answers to any or all of these questions is yes, your property
may be eligible for local designation of a Landmark. Your next step....
- Contact Brien Schumacher, Historic Preservation Commission Liaison at
303-651-8764 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Complete the Historic
If your property is not eligible for local designation, you can possibly
enjoy the benefits of local designation in other ways.
While your property may not be locally
eligible for designation it may contribute to the historical make up of your
area. If a cluster of your neighbors have homes that are either landmarked
or contributing your area may be eligible for designation as a local historic
district. The advantages associated with a local historic district include
tax incentives and fee waivers for home improvement projects. Disadvantages
are that you and your neighbors will have to undergo a special review by the
Historic Preservation Liaison and/or Commission depending on the type and
extent of your exterior renovation prior to receiving permits for the work.
In either case due diligence during the
review process holds the review time to a minimum. Issues discovered during
review are usually worked out prior to the Historic Preservation Commission meeting which is held the first Thursday of each month in the Council Chambers,
350 Kimbark Street.
If declaring a historic district is not
possible your property may be eligible for a Certificate of Merit. These certificates
are awarded to property owners whose property are contributing to the character
of a district but are not locally eligible for designation.
What is a Certificate of Merit?
A Certificate of Merit is available for
properties that don't qualify for local designation. Certificates of Merit
are meant to promote recognized properties of historic architectural or aesthetic
merit in order to encourage protection, restoration, preservation, enhancement
and adaptive reuse of such properties.
A Certificate of Merit does not impose
the same regulatory issues associates with a Landmark designation. Therefore
the incentives available to designated structures and districts are not available
to properties that are awarded a Certificate of Merit.
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