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Historic Preservation & Westminster History

Incorporated in 1911, the City of Westminster currently covers 34 square miles. Westminster residents are proud of the city's rich heritage, including the history and origins of Westminster as an agricultural community.

The city has established a historic preservation program in order to identify and protect local historic landmarks so they may continue to be a source of visual interest and education for the public.

The city has complied with a number of state and federally mandated requirements in order to become a "Certified Local Government." This designation allows the city to provide a means for Westminster homeowners to gain access to state tax benefits as a result of their investment in older and historic residential properties.

We encourage you to learn more about the city's Historic Landmark Designation program and to share this information with others. As we work together, we will continue to identify historic sites and heritage resources which will allow us to more completely understand the people, activities and accomplishments that knit together and form the fabric of the City of Westminster.

View Westminster's Designated Historic Landmarks

View Sites of Historical Significance in Westminster

Apply for Landmark Designation

Westminster History

The Westminster Historical Society is a volunteer organization that exists to preserve and promote the history of Westminster. As a volunteer organization, it relies on passionate Westminster residents to do this work.

Join the Westminster Historical Society

The Westminster Historical Society has developed many resources related to our community's history. You are encouraged to explore their website.

The following resources provide information about key issues that laid the foundation for our current community. We encourage you to learn more by checking out the links below.

A Brief History of Westminster

The Early Settlers
The Princeton of the West
The Orchards - Our True Economic Beginning
1920 to 1950
Growth Management
City Services
Bradburn Boulevard
Bell Tower
Westminster Landmarks / Historical Sites 
Historic Resource Surveys
Westminster Historical Society
Metzger Farm Open Space

Westminster History Tours

The City of Westminster, in partnership with the Historic Landmark Board and the Westminster Historical Society, held tours of historic properties in the summer of 2022. If you missed these tours, you can still access the tour brochures here:

June 11 - Heart of Historic Westminster
July 9 - Historic Farms of Westminster
Aug. 13 - Legacy of Church Ranch in Westminster
Sept. 10 - Historic Northeast Westminster

Contact Us:

Cultural Affairs Coordinator, Kate Cooke, at 303-658-2711 or kcooke@westminsterco.gov.