Project Overview and Facts
What Did We Learn About Historic Downtown Pueblo? (Survey Results)
Historic Downtown Pueblo: What does it mean to you? (Vision from Pueblo Downtown Association)| (Print, write, and share yours! E-mail it to HPC@Pueblo.us or mail to 211 East D Street, Pueblo CO 81003)
What are Strengths, Weaknesses, and Challenges of Downtown Pueblo
Downtown Association Member Survey About Their Historic Buildings
The most historic places with craftsmanship and quality in Downtown Pueblo took shape over 30 years by the 1910s. The Town of Pueblo was incorporated in the early 1870s and local industry developed with the arrival of the Denver & Rio Grande (D&RG) Railroad in 1872. Within a decade the D&RG and its subsidiary, the Colorado Fuel & Iron Company (CF&I), transformed what was an adobe outpost into “the Pittsburgh of the West.” In 1886, three local towns consolidated into the City of Pueblo, and with the later annexation of Bessemer, Downtown Pueblo by the 1890s was the financial center for Southern Colorado industries of agriculture, smelting, and small business. As one of the largest and most important cities in Colorado, its growth and wealth attracted entrepreneurs. Despite the 1921 flood, the community rebuilt and continued to develop Downtown as a commercial center into the modern era.
Pueblo has historic places listed on local, state, and national registers. Downtown Pueblo has several places listed on the National Register of Historic Places and on the Pueblo Inventory of Cultural Resources. Contact the Historic Preservation Commission for details: hpc@Pueblo.us
Historic Preservation and Economic Development
The project will invite the public to promote or challenge several premises that support historic preservation as economic development:
Heritage tourism programs rely on historic preservation;
Effective placemaking for downtown should focus on adaptive reuse, mixed-use, walkable neighborhood, and how a green dividend attracts people.
We are planning for a changing Colorado. We must consider demographics, increase in seniors and young work force, many of them choose affordable housing. Some of them are in creative industries and choose to live and work downtown.
Private investment, leveraged by public grants, spurs development to historic places that contribute to our local economy. Three historic preservation programs are State Tax Credits, Federal Tax Credits, and State Historic Fund.
Downtown, for its land area and value, compared to suburbs, has the potential as a great source of revenue for the city.
Property owners may consider designating a historic district. A 15-year study by History Colorado showed that historic preservation does not have a negative effect on property value. The study compared historic districts in Denver, Durango, and Fort Collins with nearby non-district areas in terms of age and scale of buildings, building types, and population demographics.