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Photos: Civic Center Park is commemorated as a national historic landmark

Denver Parks and Recreation Manager Lauri Dannemiller, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Deputy Manager of Denver's Arts and Venues Ginger White unveil the dedication plaques.
Denver Parks and Recreation Manager Lauri Dannemiller, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Deputy Manager of Denver's Arts and Venues Ginger White unveil the dedication plaques.
Danielle Lirette

Mayor Michael Hancock joined state and national representatives yesterday in a ceremony inside the McNichols building to reveal plaques that commemorate Civic Center's new status as a national historic landmark. That honor is determined by the National Park Service and given to areas or buildings that "possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States," according to the qualifications. So far, Civic Center is Denver's first and only national historic landmark.

Although Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced the designation last year, the city was presumably waiting for a picture-perfect spring day to present the plaques. In typical Colorado fashion, what they got instead was snow and sub-freezing temperatures. The ceremony was relocated to the second floor of McNichols, overlooking Civic Center Park. Continue reading for more photos from the celebration.

See also:

- Civic Center in the running to become a national historic landmark

- Denver's Civic Center named a national landmark

- Works in progress: Behind the scenes at the revived McNichols in Civic Center Park

John Wessels, Intermountain Regional Director of the National Park Service
John Wessels, Intermountain Regional Director of the National Park Service
All photos by Danielle Lirette

Edward Nichols, State Historic Preservation Officer
Edward Nichols, State Historic Preservation Officer

Photos: Civic Center Park is commemorated as a national historic landmark

Members of the Denver Municipal Band
Members of the Denver Municipal Band

Photos: Civic Center Park is commemorated as a national historic landmark

Photos: Civic Center Park is commemorated as a national historic landmark