2024 Saving Places

Rethink, Refine, Revive:
Using the Past to Forge a Resilient Future

January 31 – February 2, 2024
Embassy Suites by Hilton Boulder

Colorado Preservation, Inc (CPI) proudly hosts the 27th annual Saving Places Conference in Boulder, Colorado starting Wednesday, January 31 through Friday, February 2nd, 2024.  The theme for the conference will explore the overarching concepts of sustainability and resilience. By doing so, CPI hopes to inspire keynote and session presentations that are forward-thinking and pertinent to current and future issues facing communities.  CPI strives to develop themes, titles, and messaging that encourages discussion around contemporary theories and practical applications, without excluding ideas that may not be directly related to the theme.  CPI looks forward to hosting a conference that fosters meaningful conversations and connections within the industry.


Rethink, Refine, Revive: Using the past to forge a resilient future. Historic preservation–the practice of protecting and conserving places of historical significance—is essential to creating resilient communities because it preserves lessons of the past for future generations. Sustainability, on the other hand, means meeting our needs in the present without compromising future generations’ abilities to meet their own needs. The relationship between historic preservation and sustainable development is becoming increasingly important in the face of climate change and growing environmental concerns. By rethinking, refining, and reviving preservation practice to meet the goals of sustainability, we can help communities maintain their cultural identities and senses of place and forge resilient futures for generations to come. 

Call for Proposals

To ensure the success of this conference, we strongly believe in the power of collaboration and inclusivity. That’s why we are reaching out to you, our esteemed colleagues and passionate advocates, to invite your participation. We genuinely value your ideas and would be honored to have your voice represented in the conference program.

We kindly request your assistance in shaping the 2024 Saving Places Conference by submitting proposals for keynote speakers, session topics, and tours. This is an opportunity for you to contribute your unique insights and expertise to the preservation community. We encourage you to think creatively and propose ideas that will engage and inspire our diverse audience.

The call for proposals is now live, and we eagerly await your submissions. Whether you have an exceptional speaker in mind, an innovative session topic, or an exciting tour idea, we are eager to hear from you. 

Not sure your idea or topic is polished enough to submit? No problem, we are happy to hear about your ideas and help you pursue a session/speaker. Please contact Nicole Bopp, nbopp@coloradopreservation.org with you ideas!

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Featured Project

Preservation for a Changing Colorado

Historic preservation has a direct economic benefit to communities and Colorado! Take a look at the 2017 study, which considered the ways adaption of historic places has a direct financial effect on the state.

This updated, most resent study, was the result of a partnership between Colorado Preservation, Inc and History Colorado, funded by a grant from History Colorado's State Historical Fund. Prepared by Clarion Associates, the new report document the economic benefits of rehabilitation projects, analyzes property values and neighborhood stability in local historic districts, and summarizes the increasing impact of heritage tourism, private preservation development and the success of Colorado’s Main Street program.

In a key finding, researchers determined that for every $1 million spent on historic preservation in Colorado it produced $1.03 million in additional spending, 14 new jobs, and $636,700 in increased household incomes across the state!

The 2017 report also considers the important role preservation plays in helping Coloradans provide new spaces for creative communities and co-working, create and sustain meaningful places, responds to the state’s changing demographics, and addresses climate concerns.

Click Here to see download and read the full report, "Preservation for a Changing Colorado".