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250 North 5th Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Phone: 970-244-1430
Hours: 8:00am - 5:00pm M-F

Historic Preservation


The Historic Preservation Board is appointed by the Grand Junction City Council.  The board makes recommendations to the City Council regarding historical designations, advises the Council on matters concerning historical preservation, conducts surveys of historic areas, reviews proposals to alter historic resources, and provides public education opportunities regarding historic preservation.  The Board or any individual may file an application for historic designation of a structure through the Community Development Division.

Grand Junction's History

For hundreds of years the Ute tribes roamed throughout Western Colorado.  Upon the relocation of the Utes in 1881, the area was opened for settlement and the town of Grand Junction was established.  Since that time, Grand Junction's development has experienced several cycles of boom and bust.  Agricultural crises, the Great Depression, the growth and decline of the uranium industry and the departure of the oil shale companies left visible reminders of their impact on the community.  Many of the sites or structures representative of Grand Junction's past have been saved with notable examples in the North Seventh Street Historic District, the Railroad Depot, the Avalon Theater and the St. Regis Hotel.

National Register of Historic Places

Denver Rio Grande Western Railroad Depot
119 Pitkin Avenue
Built 1905

Handy Chapel
202 White Avenue
Built 1892

Hotel St. Regis
359 Colorado Avenue
Built 1892-1924

Margery Building
519-527 Main Street
Built 1906

North 7th Historic Residential District
7th Street between Hill and White Avenue
Built 1890-1930

US Post Office/Wayne Aspinall Federal Building/US Courthouse
400 Rood Avenue
Built 1918

Stranges Grocery
226 Pitkin Avenue
Built 1909

Local Information on Historic Preservation

Grand Junction Register of Historic Sites, Structures and Districts

North 7th Street Historic Residential District Guidelines and Standards

North 7th Street Historic Residential District Walking Tour

Historic Downtown Scavenger Hunt

Historic Downtown Walking Tour  (Scan the QR code below for the full tour)
Walking Tour QR

History of Main Street Shopping Park

Museum of Western Colorado

The Old Spanish Trail in Grand Junction

Historic Surveys

Historic Designation

Historic Designation FAQ's

More Information on Historic Preservation

National Trust for Historic Preservation

History Colorado