Thornton's Historic Preservation Plan (HPP) Project Page
To guide future and on-going historic preservation efforts, the city of Thornton is seeking to create a Historic Preservation Plan (HPP). The Historic Preservation Plan will provide a short and long-term vision of what preservation means to the community. The Plan is used to guide and align public and private investments in Thornton's historic landmarks with the shared vision and values of the community, and to provide policy direction on how to best preserve Thornton's history and cultural landscapes. The HPP will establish goals, major strategies, recommended surveying actions to identify historic properties, and key policies related to Thornton's historic landmarks to ensure preservation of historic buildings and landscapes across the City.
Seeking Certified Local Government Status
On June 15, 2021, Thornton City Council gave direction to Thornton staff to seek Certified Local Government (CLG) status; Thornton currently does not fulfill all the requirements to become a CLG. To learn more about CLG requirements you may read more at the State's Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) webpage. Thornton currently has an adopted Historic Recognition process – adopted in 2012 – but it does not fufill the CLG requirements. It's the intent of this project to create a historic preservation program and explore what that means to the community. In part, the Historic Preservation Plan will help guide future efforts in becoming a Certified Local Government.
To better understand Thornton's history and cultural landscapes, it will be important to identify specific areas of historic context to better understand how to make decisions about the identification, evaluation, registration, and treatment of historic properties (for example: Mid-century Modern Architecture). Information about historic properties representing aspects of history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture must be collected and organized to define these relationships. This organizational framework is called a historic context. The historic context organizes information based on a cultural theme and its geographical and chronological limits.
The historic preservation plan will consider all land within the Thornton city limits for various, additional historic context studies. Examples of projects that represent specific historical context studies could include things like the Original Thornton Pattern Book; or another example of a historic context study could include the Eastlake Historic Buildings Survey. Contexts describe the significant broad patterns of development in an area that may include historic properties.
Thornton incorporated as a municipality in 1956, around the time of a big regional population boom occurring post-World War II. This project will also consider the history prior to Thornton's incorporation. Prior to incorporation, most of the land served as unincorporated agricultural land or small rural railroad towns, such as Eastlake. Further, prior to settlement and the Colorado Gold Rush, the Thornton area was home to several Native American tribes.
Learn more about Thornton's history since incorporation in 1956.
Review the cities existing historic recognition programming that has been active since 2012.
Estimated Project Schedule
|Estimated Timeframe||Project Phase||Council Report ||Community Outreach|
|January - April 2023 (underway)||Phase A: Project Initiation and Orientation||See below ||April 5, 2023 Open House - 5:30-7:30 PM; short presentations at 6:00 & 7:00 PM. |
Zoom Link to be Provided Here.
NOTE: In-person English and Spanish presentations will be provided; Zoom link for virtual participation will be provided here but will only be given in English.
|March - August 2023||Phase B: Historic Context Study||Email update to Council||Community Open House|
|April - August 2023||Phase C: Historic Preservation Goals||Council Planning Session ||Advisory Group Meeting|
|June - December 2023||Phase D: Recommendations and Prioritized Implementation Schedule ||Email update to Council; or Council Planning Session||Advisory Group Meeting|
|August – October 2022||Task 5: Prioritization for Implementation and Phasing||Email/notification to City Council||Advisory Group Meeting|
It is anticipated that the creation of the Thornton Historic Preservation Plan will result in the following outcomes:
- A broad overview and historic context study of Thornton
- Creation of historic preservation goals and priorities through community outreach
- A prioritized and phased list recommending further research, including specific historic context studies and historic resource surveys to undertake
- Recognition of Thornton's historic character and cultural landscapes to support Thornton's work to enhance its sense of place
The city will be providing opportunities for community members to be involved throughout the process. Information about the project and ways in which the community can participate will posted on this webpage as the plan progresses.
To be added to the project mailing list please email Policy Planning at the email email@example.com; or call 303.538.7295.