Lower Downtown Design Review Board

The function of the Lower Downtown Design Review Board is to preserve, enhance, and perpetuate structures that have architectural, historical, or geographical significance within the lower downtown historic district.  

Agenda items for consideration can include the following:

  • Recommendations to City Council on the contributing (or historic) status of structures within the district
  • Design review for new construction, alterations, signs and demolitions
    - View the Design Guidelines for the Lower Downton Historic District (PDF) for guidelines used to evaluate signage and other projects.
  • Approval of proposed parking in excess of minimum parking requirements delineated in the Denver Zoning Code
  • Adoption of design guidelines, policies and procedures related to historic preservation within the district

View the Lower Downtown Design Review Board consent agenda policy.

Enabling Authority: 
Denver Revised Municipal Code (DRMC) Chapter 30

Lower Downtown Design Review Board Bylaws (PDF) (as of July 7, 2011)


Board Members

 Member  Representing Term Expires 
 Jesse Adkins  Owner or operator of a business in the district  May 1, 2017
 Kelly Davis  Historic preservationist  May 1, 2015
 Ruth Falkenberg  Real estate developer  May 1, 2015
 Barb Gibson  Resident of the district  May 1, 2017
 Gerhard (Gary) Petri (vice-chair)  Preservation architect  May 1, 2017
 Tania Salgado (chair)  Practicing architect  May 1, 2015
 Ronald Straka  Property owner in district  May 1, 2017


Members are appointed by the mayor and must include the following groups, interests or professions:

  • Real estate developer with experience in rehabilitation of commercial/residential projects similar in scale to buildings in the district
  • Practicing architect
  • Historic preservationist
  • Preservation architect
  • Resident of the district
  • Property owner in the district
  • Owner or operator of a business in the district

Contact Us

Landmark Preservation Office:

Office hours:
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday
Staff hours vary (appointments recommended)

All files are in PDF format.


Lower Downtown Design Review Board meetings are held the 1st Thursday of the month at 7:30 a.m. 

Northern Trust Bank Community Room
(enter at 1400 16th Street)

All files are in PDF format.





NOTE:  If you need minutes from previous years, please contact the Landmark Preservation staff at landmark@denvergov.org.

The board is made up of seven (7) members who serve a three (3) year term.  They receive no compensation.

Meetings:  The Board generally meets the first Thursday of each month.

Presentation Materials

Download the Policy for Applicant Presentations (PDF) to learn more about preparing your presentation for the Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC) and the Lower Downtown Design Review Board (LDDRB).