Here in Greeley we pride ourselves in preserving our historic properties and areas as well as celebrating Greeley’s history and our significant buildings, sites, and districts. To accomplish this we:
- Designate properties on the Greeley Historic Register
- Help provide financial incentives for work on designated properties
- Ensure the preservation of the characteristics that make designated properties unique and important
- Host events and provide resources to interested groups
- Walking tours
- History brown bags
- Celebrate Historic Preservation Month every May
We'd love to talk with you about historic preservation and Greeley’s unique history! Please give us a call, send an email or come join us at an event or meeting!
Historic Preservation Month and Awards
May is Historic Preservation Month and this year we get to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Greeley’s Historic Preservation program and, more importantly, the City’s 150th anniversary! Nathan Meeker founded Greeley in 1870 as a small utopian community on the Colorado plains and the community has grown to over 100,000 people with a significant and colorful diverse past, particularly displayed in Greeley’s historic resources. Historic Preservation Month is a time to recognize and celebrate Greeley’s past, our historic built environment and efforts to preserve and rehabilitate it.
The Greeley Historic Preservation Commission invites the public to nominate people or projects for Historic Preservation Month Awards to celebrate historic preservation efforts in Greeley. With the awards, the Commission recognizes individuals, organizations, and design professionals/contractors who have significantly furthered preservation efforts and achievements in Greeley. Past winners have included Heather Bean of Syntax Distillery for the designation and preservation of the Greeley Elevator Building, Drs Maurice Lyon and Chris Michael for the rehabilitation of the Masonic Temple Building, and the owners of the Rainbow Motel for the rehabilitation of that site. A specific site or project is not required. Nominations could be for significant ongoing or past efforts to preserve Greeley’s history as reflected in the built environment. The Commission typically gives one award per category (individuals, organizations, design professional/contractor), but may do more or fewer.
The Historic Preservation Commission plans to host a Historic Preservation Month event in May, to be determined in the coming weeks, with the hope to gather at a historic building and play Greeley History trivia, however, that is contingent on restrictions due to the spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19.
Historic preservation is not only about saving old buildings and sites; it also saves community values and what makes communities unique. It connects us to our past and allows us to prepare for the future and share our past with the future. In the Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck wrote, “How will we know it’s us without our past?” As we celebrate Greeley’s 150th in 2020, a year that people of Greeley, Colorado, the United States and the world will remember forever because of the Coronavirus COVID-19, we can learn from the past and present to move forward stronger and embodying the values upon which Nathan Meeker founded Greeley, particularly cooperation, in addition to temperance, irrigation, agriculture, education, religion and family values. Greeley’s old buildings connect us to the past and teach us for the present and future.
Certificates of Designation and Certificates of Approval can be submitted online using eTRAKiT.
Ever wanted to know the story about that old house down the street? Learn more about Greeley homes and buildings on our inventoried properties page.
Eligible properties can be added to the Greeley Historic Register. This allows your property to receive recognition for its historical, architectural, and/or geographical significance in Greeley’s history and ensures that the historic qualities will be maintained in the future. Additionally, you may be eligible for additional benefits, such as grant funds, low interests loans, tax credits, and other incentives.
Interested in applying?
We'll walk you through the process on our historic register page.
Looking for additional resources?
The following organizations have more information on historic preservation:
Interested in learning more about a historical property? We are here to help! Here are some online resources:
Contact us for additional resources at 970-350-9222 or Betsy.Kellums@greeleygov.com.
See below for items for sale by the Historic Preservation Commission.
Guidebooks for Historic Downtown Greeley
“Downtown Greeley has a story to tell. The story begins with the establishment of Greeley and the platting of Lincoln Park, and it is not over yet. The 1870 park and a 1974 concrete commercial building have significant voices in this story, with many treasures between them. Did you know
- Greeley had one of the first self-service grocery stores, before it became the norm?
- Downtown Greeley had several sulfur steam baths?
- Several buildings in downtown were designed by well known Greeley and Colorado architects, including Greeley’s first female architect?
Find out about these facts and more inside. Take a new look at downtown Greeley when you read about the people and businesses that helped Greeley get where it is today.”
GREELEY, COLORADO: History and Architecture of its Downtown Buildings is full of history, architectural information and photos of historic Downtown Greeley. Learn little-known facts about Greeley’s historic downtown.
Windows of Time Historic Preservation Documentary
Together, GTV8 and the Historic Preservation Commission produced Windows of Time, a show about historic preservation in Greeley. Experience local history told through stories about people and historic buildings, sites, structures and objects with which they are associated. DVDs of these shows are available for purchase for $10 each at the Historic Preservation office.
From the Volga to the Platte: Germans from Russia in Greeley
- Many Germans came to the United States for opportunity for a better life after moving to Russia in the 18-19th centuries. They came Greeley to work in the sugar beet fields and then on to other occupations. Learn about their experiences coming to the US; their work ethic, education, religion, culture and traditions; lives during the World Wars, and the Sunrise Park neighborhood where their legacy endures today.
Watch From the Volga to the Platte on YouTube
J.M.B. Petrikin and the Masonic Temple
- Learn about the Masonic Temple at 829 10th Avenue and one of the grand masters of the Lodge. Petrikin was a prominent local banker, citizen, and the leader of the lodge when the temple was built in 1927. See footage inside the temple, historic photos, as well as stories about Petrikin, his home on Inspiration Point, and the temple.
Watch J.M.B. Petrikin and the Masonic Temple on YouTube
P.O.W. Camp 202
- How much do you know about the World War II camp that existed west of Greeley from 1943-1946? Learn about the German prisoners, farmers, local citizens, and the only visible remains of Camp 202; the two stone pillars on the north side of Highway 34. Interviews and excerpts from a prisoner's letter showcase the relationship local residents, particularly farmers, had with the prisoners.
Watch P.O.W. Camp 202 on YouTube
No. 3 Ditch
- The history of the ditch highlights the importance of water and irrigation in the establishment of Greeley. Learn how Greeley’s early settlers created and used the No. 3 Ditch as well as its impacts today. Start at the headgate and follow the ditch through town, with interviews and narration explaining the ditch’s history, irrigation and recreational uses of the ditch, historical legal issues, and the continued significance along the way.
Watch No. 3 Ditch on YouTube