Year Listed: 2014
County: Arapahoe County
Construction Date: Various – 1949-1967
Threat When Listed: Various – Development, Demolition
The Mid-Century Resources of Littleton Boulevard consist of number commercial buildings, and building complexes, that can be found along the Littleton Boulevard corridor, south of Denver. While many building owners have embraced their mid-century buildings, a number have become vacant and received little maintenance of the fast few years.
These buildings are integral to interpreting the automobile movement of the 1950s in Littleton. While the town of Littleton started as early as the 1850s because of gold mining, the area exploded in the 1950s as Denver residents made the move south to live the American Dream. Life in the 1950s was surrounded around progressive thinking and a new modern era.
Mid-Century resources are under attack throughout the county. Often seen as dated and obsolete they fall victim to the wrecking ball and demolition by neglect. Many mid-century buildings can also fall into neglect due to improper construction methods from the start.
Preservationists across the country are having discussions on how to preserve mid-century buildings that had improper buildings techniques originally. All of the modern styles were utilizing new and innovative construction methods at the time, which were not always fool proof or standard methods. However, this only adds to the story of the importance of mid-century building design and methods.
Awareness will help to educate people on the significance of these buildings. A survey would help access integrity and significance, while also giving the building owners the starting point for possible designation. Survey and designation would also help local organizations with a toolkit on how to help the public and interested parties mitigate future development pressure.