Historic Preservation Commission

HPC Role

Central City’s Historic Preservation Commission is a six-member board appointed by City Council to maintain and enhance the historical, architectural, and geographic heritage of the City.  The HPC reviews applications for Certificates of Appropriateness, which affirm the Commission’s approval of plans for rehabilitation, construction, and demolition within the National Historic Landmark District. Click here for more information about historic preservation in Central City.

Design Review

HPC review for Certificates of Appropriateness is based on the Central City Design Guidelines, which can be found in the Applicant Portal below.  The HPC shall not design or assist in the design of any project submitted.  Creative approaches to preservation and innovation are encouraged.

If the HPC denies an application or approves with conditions that the applicant feels are unacceptable, the applicant shall have the right to appeal to the City Council.

Applications for Certificates of Appropriateness are due to the Historic Preservation Officer by the end of the month prior to the meeting at which it will be considered.


HPC meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 6:00 pm in City Hall.  Electronic participation is also available.

Submit your application for a Certificate of Appropriateness by the last day of the month prior to the HPC meeting.

Meeting agendas shall be posted on the City Hall steps and on the City's website as available.  Meetings may be cancelled or rescheduled due to lack of business or poor weather.  Special meetings may also be called.

Any contact of a Historic Preservation Commissioner regarding any specific property case, proposal, or request should be made during a public meeting or through staff prior to the meeting.  No one should attempt to contact a Commissioner prior to the meeting to ensure all the information is presented and heard at the same time in a public forum.

For electronic participation, please review this how-to guide. If you are joining by phone, please review this guide as well. 

  • To ask questions, you may virtually "raise your hand" and use the Q&A function.
  • The "poll" function may also be used to get input. 

Please find agendas and staff reports below.


Alex Thome, Chair (expires 12/24)
Deborah L. Wray, Chair pro tem (expires 12/22)
David Forsyth (expires 12/22)
Ernie Van Deuchen (expires 12/24)
Chuck Webster (expires 12/22) 
Casey Saltness (expires 12/24) - Alternate

Click here to view HPC member resumes and letters of interest.

There are currently no openings for commission members on the HPC.

Staff Contact

Ray Rears
Community Development Director
303.582.5251 ext. 207

Please contact staff prior to submitting an application for a Certificate of Appropriateness to discuss proposed projects.