Historic Preservation

La Plata County Historic Preservation

At a Glance: 
Daniel Murray - Senior Planner 
Robert Bowie - Senior Planner 

Contact Information: 211 Rock Point Drive, Durango CO, 81301 - 970.382.6263 -
Planning@co.laplata.co.us

Historic Preservation Review Commission Members:
Chairperson: Andrew Gulliford, Ph.D., Professor of Southwest Studies and History, Fort Lewis College
Naomi Riess, B.A. History Wells College Aurora N.Y., Land Use Consultant & Professional Researcher
Steven Walker, R.P.h., Architectural Historian, City of Durango Historic Preservation Board Member
Ruth E. Lambert, Ph. D, M.A., M.C.P., Cultural Program Director, San Juan Mountains Association


Our Mission:
- To provide an application and review process for residents to receive Historic Landmark designation by the La Plata County           Board of County Commissioners.
- To increase awareness of historic and cultural heritage as embodied in these designated historic landmarks.
- To provide educational opportunities to increase public appreciation of the County’s unique heritage.
- To increase economic and financial benefits through eco-tourism.

On November 15, 2004, the La Plata County Board of County Commissioners adopted Resolution 2004-33, creating the La Plata County Historic Register. Resolution 2010-09 increased the number of members on the Historic Preservation Review Commission from three to five members.  This five member commission has been appointed to further Historic Preservation in the county and to advise the elected officials.

Making Nominations:

The Procedures and Forms for nominating a property to the County Historic Register can be found here, or you can obtain a paper copy from the Planning Department office located in the tech center at 211 Rock Point Drive. Questions may be directed to the County Planning Department, attention Daniel Murray at (970) 382-6268 or daniel.murray@co.laplata.co.us

Maintaining the Register:

The County Planning Department and the County Clerk and Recorder maintain the La Plata County Historic Register. Sites are accepted to the Register by recommendation from the Historic Preservation Review Commission, to the Board of County Commissioners and are adopted by Resolution.

Upcoming Public Hearings - Agendas and information about upcoming public hearings of the: Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), Planning Commission (PC), Joint Planning Commission (JPC), Historic Preservation Review Commission (HPRC), and Board of Adjustment (BOA) can be found by following the link above.

Information and Resources:

Please contact the Planning office for information about any of the following Power Point presentations:

On Your Mark!

Pillars, Guidelines, Boundaries

Preservation=Sustainability

What does the Secretary of the Interior have to do with my dormer? (and FRESH)

How to rebut taking claims

Building Community Support

Your Number One Advocacy Tool

Evaluating Economic Hardship