Chair - Marcia Martinek, Editor Emerita, Leadville Herald-Democrat
Vice-Chair - Joey Edwards, Co-owner, Two Dog Travel
Secretary - Simone Belz, Director, Healy House Museum and Dexter Cabin
Commissioner - Stephen Whittington, Executive Director, National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum
Commissioner - Scott Spillman, Associate Editor, Colorado Encyclopedia
Tabor Opera House Project
The City of Leadville purchased the historic Tabor Opera House, in Leadville Colorado. The Historic Preservation Commission has actively helped to get the building listed as a National Treasure. It was also listed in 2016 as an endangered place through Colorado Preservation Inc. The building will hopefully begin its next chapter as a cultural arts hub for Leadville/Lake County and the central mountain region. To learn about the building and the project please check out https://www.taboroperahouse.net/
The Historic Preservation Commission was formed in 2013 in order to administrate the design standards for protecting the integrity of properties inside the National Historic Landmark District. The HPC has created residential design guidelines, that City Council passed on 5-16-17. These guidelines apply to all new construction and renovations within the Landmark District. Please find a PDF of the final design
The commission is made up of five people. At least 2 members must have been a resident of Leadville for at least 2 years. At least 2 members must have a preservation-related background such as history, architecture, law or real estate. The Leadville City Council appoints the members. Each member is on the Commission for three years. The HPC is currently meeting twice per month, but meetings will be held only as necessary once design standards have been adopted. If you would like to become a member, please submit an application to the Administrative Services office at 800 Harrison Ave.
Historic Preservation Commission meetings are currently held the 2nd and Optional 4th Tuesdays of every month.
History Colorado partners with the City of Leadville to review and evaluate the Historic Preservation Commissions compliance with the Certified Local Government requirements. The state of Colorado also offers tax incentives to help rehabilitate and restore historic properties. In July 2015, the state of Colorado offered a new tax credit for the rehabilitation of qualified historic buildings. This credit expands and improves upon the original rehabilitation tax credit that has been on the books since 1990. The new program creates two sources of financial incentives- Residential and Commercial. To learn more about this program and opportunity please check out the following link: https://www.historycolorado.org/preservation-tax-credits
All new construction, proposed additions, or changes to historic structures on Harrison Ave, in the NHL district, and on the Historic Inventory must complete and receive Certificate of Appropriateness Approval (COA).