Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

Denver Landmark Preservation Commission saves historic LoHi home, rejects developer

"We need more oversized condos," reads the message scrawled on a hearing notice posted outside a historic home in the 2900 block of Umatilla Street at the edge of Highland. "Thanks, developers."

But save some gratitude for the Denver Landmark Preservation Commission, which last week turned down the request to delist the Victorian bungalow from its landmark status.

Had the commission approved the request, the building would have been destined for a date with the wrecking ball; it's part of a four-lot package that has to look pretty attractive to any developer wanting to put up more pricey condos in the hot-hot LoHi neighborhood.

Here's another look at this particular sign of the times.

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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