The Lower Downtown Historic District (LoDo) was formed by an act of City Council in March 1988, with the intention of encouraging the preservation and vitality of an area that is significant because of its architectural, historical, and economic value.  The historic status granted protection to the community's historic resources and to 127 contributing historic structures that remained (approximately 20% of Lower Downtown's buildings were demolished in the 1960's and 70's) by enactment of a zoning ordinance that includes building height limitations and encourages mixed-use development as well as providing strict design guidelines for rehabilitation and new construction.  The B-7 zoned historic district is roughly bordered by Speer Boulevard, 20th Street, Wewatta Street, and the alley between Market and Larimer Streets.

The Lower Downtown Historic District: Where the Past Comes Alive

The 23 plus square block area of the original Denver is now called Lower Downtown Denver. In 1858, General William Larimer built his cabin and named his small settlement Denver City, after the governor of the Kansas Territory. Within 20 years, his settlement had grown in population (in 1860, the population was 4,749; in 1870, the population was 4759; and in 1880, the population grew to 35,629). In

LoDo District Today:  Preserving and Enhancing Our Community

Today, the LoDo District, Inc. is a 501(c) 3, membership organization that supports Lower Downtown (LoDo) Denver’s unique historical, cultural, and retail neighborhood through marketing, education, and advocacy.  We are unique among organizations in LoDo in that we represent both the residential and business communities. Though we continue to focus on the Lower Downtown Historic District, which forms the heart of the neighborhood, our sphere of influence and partnership network extends beyond the hard zoning boundaries into the adjacent areas of Auraria, the Central Platte Valley, Riverfront Park, Prospect, River North, Ballpark, and more. Lower Downtown continues to mature and evolve, and is the great neighborhood it is because people truly care about it. Those who contributed to its rebirth saw, in its old buildings, an opportunity to keep Denver's past as a vital and positive force in its present and future. LoDo District, Inc. is proud to serve as a guardian of that past, and a guiding force of LoDo's future.

For membership or general information, contact the LoDo District, Inc. by phone: 303-628-5428 or e-mail:   info@lodo.org.