Historic Boulder

Historic Boulder volunteer team outside the Hannah Barker House. Photo courtesy of Historic Boulder.

Historic Boulder was founded following a battle to save precious pieces of Boulder’s past. Highland School, the Union-Pacific Depot and Central School were all threatened with demolition in 1971. Historic Boulder, organized in 1972, was instrumental in saving the Highland School and the Depot. Out of this experience rose the urgency for a legal mechanism to evaluate historic sites. In 1974, Boulder’s Landmarks Preservation Ordinance was passed and, shortly after, the inventory of significant sites began. Historic Boulder is proud of its contributing role in creating historic districts, advocating for the landmarking of significant structures and exploring sites for future preservation. As the first permanent preservation organization in the city, Historic Boulder continues to champion the preservation of the physical reminders of Boulder’s heritage. 


    Boulder Central Park and Bandshell. Photo courtesy of Historic Boulder.

    Historic Boulder's current preservation project— Boulder Theater. Photo courtesy of Historic Boulder.

    Pearl Street Mall. Photo courtesy of Historic Boulder.


The Olmsted Network

Our organization works with partners across the globe to champion Olmsted parks and places.