Landmark Information

The Historic Pueblo, Inc. motto is "Preserving Pueblo's Places." One of the best ways to do this is to encourage property owners to landmark their homes, businesses, and other valuable places within the community. This page will hopefully answer many of the questions and concerns regarding obtaining a Landmark Designation.  After reviewing this section, should you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Historic Pueblo, Inc.

Obtaining a Landmark Designation takes a little bit more effort than obtaining a Resource Plaque, but is well worth it if your house qualifies. There are three levels of  Landmark designations; Local, State, or National.  A Local designation is the easiest of  the three to obtain.  

Information on obtaining a State or National designation can be obtained by clicking on the below links:

How to Apply for the Colorado State Register

How to Complete National Registration Form

In order to qualify for a local landmark designation, your property will need to meet two of three basic criteria:

  1. Historic significance.  Someone who owned or lived in the home must have had local or national significance. This can be as simple as someone who owned their business, a person who moved up the corporate ladder, or held some level of elected status.

  2. Architectural significance. Needs to have historical characteristics to the home that are either unique or symbolic to the type of architecture.

  3. Geographic significance.  The property must have some historical significance related to a geographic feature.

Most properties will fall under categories 1 and 2 above. To find out how to obtain the necessary information on the historic significance of your property, visit our How to Research Your Home page.

Here is an example of a completed Landmark Designation Application . This Application is much more detailed than was necessary, but it is a good example of how comprehensive an application could be.

Landmark Designation Forms and Information

All of the information you will need in order to apply for a Landmark Designation can be obtained from the Pueblo's Historic Preservation Commission website. However, we have provided some of the necessary information and documents here on our website.

Historic Landmark Nominations Research Guide 

Designation Application Instructions 

Designation Application 

Standards of Appropriateness 

Certificate of Appropriateness Guidelines 

Certificate of Appropriateness Application 


The Secretary of the Interior provides valuable information for historic homeowners.  Below are some resources for all to enjoy.

   The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings (1.2 MB)

   The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation & Illustrated Guidelines on Sustainability for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings (2.2 MB)

   Preservation Briefs.  Preservation Briefs help historic building owners recognize and resolve common problems prior to work.


Owners of a Landmark designated property are required to use exterior paint colors from a documented historic paint palette.  All property owners (designated or not) are encouraged to paint their historic structures using a paint color from a historic paint palette.  Below are samples for such colors and their sources.

                            Benjamin Moore Paints Historic Collection

                            California Paints Historic Collection

                            Duron Paints

                            Finnaren & Haley Paints & Coatings

                            Martin Senour Paints

                            Old Century Colors

                            Old Village Paints

                            Pittsburgh Paints Historic Collection

                            Pratt & Lambert Paints

                            Rodda Paints Historic Collection

                            Sherwin Williams Historic Collection

                            Valspar Paints Historic Collection


For more information, you may contact:
Pueblo City Planner
City of Pueblo Department of Planning & Development
(719) 553-2248