Historic Preservation Plan

Maintaining Crested Butte’s authenticity and unique character.

The Historic Preservation Plan will establish how the Town wants to preserve its history and promote architectural diversity. This in turn will inform the Town’s Design Standards and Guidelines and Chapter 16 zoning code update in 2025. The Town is working with Stan Clauson Associates to understand the historical and architectural attributes of the Town, as well as understand successful preservation strategies from other communities. 

HPP Goal: The goal of the Historic Preservation Plan (HPP) is to ensure the Town’s architectural identity is a reflection of Crested Butte’s deep sense of community and its evolution over time.  

HPP Process: How will the Historic Preservation Plan be developed? 

  • This plan will use a combination of visual surveys and data analysis of the Town’s existing building architecture, combined with community engagement, to identify alternative preservation strategies.  
  • Plan development will follow the Community Compass decision-making framework to establish a goal, define success measures, develop alternatives, and make decisions using informed consent. The general timeline for the plan includes: 
    • Phase 1 (December 2023): Understand the challenge and establish the goal 
    • Phase 2 (January – February 2024): Define success measures 
    • Phase 3 (March – April 2024): Develop alternatives 
    • CURRENT PHASE: Phase 4 (May – September 2024): Draft, refine, and adopt the plan

A brief history of historic preservation in Crested Butte:

The Town of Crested Butte was incorporated in 1880 as a supply center for hard rock and coal mining. In 1972, the Town Council established a historic area designated for preservation as an "H" overlay district. Then in 1974, the National Register of Historic Places was awarded for the Town of Crested Butte. The period of significance (POD) for this district was established as 1880-1952, when the Big Mine closed. In 1995, the Town created the original Design Standards and Guidelines, since amended, which helps the Board of Zoning and Architectural Review (BOZAR) review projects throughout the town, not just within the National Historic District.