The Littleton Boulevard corridor experienced substantial growth between 1950 and 1980. Reflective of mid-century architectural styles, the collection of buildings along the corridor are significant to the story of Littleton’s history. The mid-century commercial buildings were collectively named one of Colorado’s most Endangered Places by Colorado Preservation, Inc. in 2014.
In 2015, the City of Littleton was awarded a State of Colorado Historic Fund Grant to help pay for a survey of historic buildings along the Littleton Boulevard corridor. On behalf of city council, the Mayor signed a contract with the State of Colorado to accept the grant on December 15, 2015. The grant award is $35,000 with a city match of $13,100.
City staff hired historic preservation consultants Diane Wray Tomasso and Michael Paglia to prepare the survey. The survey discusses the rise of Modernism in Littleton and provides information on the architectural style and historic significance of the 77 individual buildings within the survey area. The survey is complete and is titled Commercial Modernism In the Greater West Littleton Boulevard Corridor 1950-1980.
A video of the survey project was published and shown on Channel 8 and the city's YouTube channel.
The survey will:
- Help bring about community awareness on the significance of the buildings
- Be integral to the task of defining the historic character of the corridor.
- Provide the basis for making sound judgements in the city’s future land-use planning efforts by helping to define the character, role and desired land uses for Littleton Boulevard.
- Identify possible landmark structures and districts