After five years, the Commerce City Historical Society finally has its first office/museum space. The Historical Society entered into negotiations with the City of Commerce City for use of the Conter Community Center on Jan. 2, 2014. After several meetings, a lease was finally approved and signed by both parties on May 19, 2014. As part of the agreement, the Historical Society will be sharing the space with the Commerce City Cultural Council; however, the Historical Society will be the main tenant. The building will be renamed the Commerce City Heritage and Cultural Center. The Historical Society began moving in on June 2, 2014. A grand opening is being planned for later this summer.
Didn’t get to join us for our annual Christmas Lights Bus Tour. Now you can enjoy the same homes as our participants did. Follow the route below for some of the best decorated homes in Commerce City. (All homes were nominated by community members). Winners were given a yard sign to display and a gift.
6750 Olive Street
6791 Pontiac Street – Winner in the southern part of city
6180 Olive Street
7010 E. 64th Avenue
7887 E. 60th Avenue (City Hall)
5404 E. 62nd Way
5221 E. 65th Avenue
6060 Tichey Street
Home on Jasmine Street
4581 E. 73rd Way
4480 E. 73rd Way
4501 E. 73rd Way
7895 Idlewild Street
5881 E. 77th Avenue
84th & Ulster Street
8786 Ulster Street
8796 Ulster Street
11353 Kingston Street
11392 Kingston Street
11577 Paris Street
15353 E. 100th Court
15343 E. 100th Court
15333 E. 100th Court
15583 E. 98th Place
9731 Chambers Drive
15345 99th Avenue
9646 Kalispell Street
9656 Kalispell Street
10046 Fraser Street – Winner in the northern part of the city
North Range Village
10681 Abilene Street
It is all part of the Commerce City Historical Society’s grant from the State Historical Fund to do a Mid-Century survey of buildings in the Derby business triangle area.
Hoehn Architects PC will begin the year-long process in mid-July. Kristine and Timothy Hoehn will do the survey that will determine how many buildings are historic.
“The ultimate goal is to create a Derby Historic District and identify local historic landmarks,” said Debra Bullock, secretary/treasurer of the Commerce City Historical Society.
The Commerce City Historical Society will be holding a community meeting to discuss the project at Key Bank on Saturday, July 20 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
“We will be on site to answer any questions that you may have about this process,” Bullock explained.
The Historical Society will also have information about the survey at booths at Derby Daze on Aug. 3 and the Neighborhood Outreach at Fairfax Park on Aug. 8.
For more information on the Derby survey process, contact Bullock at 303-946-3426.
Friday, May 24, marked the official start of the Commerce City Historical Society’s partnership with the State Historical Fund Contracts Office, Hoehn Architects and The Preservation Studio Grant Administrator Charise Boomsma. Board members signed a contract for a grant that will conduct a historic district survey of the mid-century Derby neighborhood. The survey will include a historic district evaluation of all properties within the Derby Business Triangle which will be submitted to the Office of Archeology and Historic Preservation for review for eligibility in future phases for nomination of the district to the National Register of Historic Places. Look for upcoming community meetings to find out more!
Join us tonight as the Commerce City Historical Society and the Commerce City Cultural Council honor the winners of the 2013 Commerce City History Coloring Book Contest. We had hundreds of entries from second graders from all over the city. Reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and awards and certificates will be handed out during the city council meeting at 6:30 p.m. See you there! If you can’t make it tonight, artwork will be on display at city hall through Friday, May 24.