Caring For Our Past
Telluride is rich in valuable historic resources. Buildings, sheds and site features all contribute to the distinct character of the community, serve as a connection with the past and help inform development decisions for the future.
In 1963, the town was officially designated as a National Historic Landmark District because it possessed "outstanding significance in commemorating and illustrating the history of the United States," and, in particular, the mining boom era from 1878 to 1913. In order to protect the integrity of this district, a variety of tools are used to help regulate development and conduct comprehensive design review. Follow the links below to learn more about this district, the regulations governing it and the benefits of preservation.
- Design Guidelines for Building in Telluride (PDF Version) (HTML Version)
- Historic and Architectural Review Commission (HARC)
- HARC Preservation Awards - In recognition of the challenge of preserving Telluride’s historic legacy, the Town and the Historic and Architectural Review Commission have established the Preservation Awards Program. Awards are presented to compatible additions, restorations and infill projects that have displayed an outstanding commitment to preservation and historically accurate building techniques that help protect the traditional character of the town.
- Historic and Architectural Survey (a comprehensive list of all historic properties)
- Outside Resources
- Colorado Preservation Inc.
- Denver Public Library Western History and Genealogy
- History Colorado (formerly Colorado Historical Society)
- History Colorado – Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation
- National Park Service
- National Park Service - Technical Preservation Services
- National Trust for Historic Preservation