Following an extensive multi-year process led by Historic Denver, the Denver Civic Center - encompassing the Renaissance Revival Colorado State Capitol and its grounds, the Beaux-Arts inspired Civic Center Park, and the Georgian Revival Denver City and County Building and its grounds - was officially designated in October 2012 as a National Historic Landmark recognizing the fact it is one of the most complete and intact City Beautiful-era designs remaining today.
In the Civic Center Conservancy’s role as community-based stewards working to sustain Civic Center Park as the vibrant cultural asset its founders envisioned over a century ago, we enthusiastically supported the nomination of the Denver Civic Center as a National Historic Landmark (NHL). The designation honors Mayor Robert Speer’s early-1900s vision that humanity could be uplifted through beautiful urban spaces; the succession of nationally-recognized architects, designers and period artists whose individual contributions to the Denver Civic Center have created a unified whole greater than the sum of its parts, and the public and private investment in maintaining the historic infrastructure of our country.
The Civic Center Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and became a local landmark district in 1976. The October 2012 designation by the Secretary of Interior and the National Park Service makes the Denver Civic Center the first National Historic Landmark in the City and County of Denver, Colorado.