Historic Preservation Commission
On Tuesday January 26, 2021, Buena Vista's Board of Trustees approved Architectural Design Guidelines for Historic East Main (PDF). The Architectural Design Guidelines were developed over the last two and one half years by the towns Historic Preservation Commission with the help of History Colorado and the public’s input. The Guidelines are based on The Secretary of Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and best practices of numerous, similar, historic Colorado towns.
The intent of the Architectural Design Guidelines is to preserve Buena Vista’s historic downtown for our citizens and future generations. The Guidelines, if followed for locally, landmarked, historic properties can make available state tax credits of up to 35% for the preservation and restoration of the properties on Historic East Main. Buena Vista's Historic Downtown buildings tell the story of the people who worked to form our town, telling of the mining, agriculture, and railroad eras.
If you are interested in preserving or restoring your historic property and taking advantage of the available state tax credits, the Historic Preservation Commission meets at 3 pm every first Thursday of the month and is open to the public. Information on the Guidelines, meeting agendas, meeting minutes and the Historic Preservation Commission is available on this page.
The Historic Preservation Commission is now taking applications to nominate properties for 'Local Landmark' status!
Are you aware of a property within Buena Vista town limits that deserves designation as a Local Landmark? If so, the Historic Preservation Commission is interested in hearing from you!
Please read about the Nomination Process (PDF), and download any of the following forms you need.
- Local Landmark Nomination Form (PDF)
- Certificate of Appropriateness (no demolition materials) (PDF)
- Certificate of Appropriateness (with demolition materials) (PDF)
- Certificate of Recognition Nomination Form (PDF)
- Appeals Form (PDF)
If you have questions about the significance of the landmark designation or the application process, please email the Commission Chair. Thank you!
The Town of Buena Vista is a Certified Local Government (CLG), certified in 2016. Get more information about CLG communities online.