Historic Preservation Commission

The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC)  acts as an advisory board to staff and the City Council on matters relating to historic preservation in Salida.  They assist with the review of Certificate of Approval applications for local landmarks and sites within the Salida Downtown National Register District.  The HPC advises Council on new landmark designations and they help to educate the public about historic preservation.  The powers and responsibilities of the Historic Preservation Commission are set out in Chapter 2, Article 11 of the Municipal Code.

Monte Cristo Hotel

The Monte Cristo Hotel as seen from what is now Riverside Park. Notice the abundance of trees on Tenderfoot Mountain. Photo Credit: Salida Museum

The HPC meets as needed on the fourth Thursday of each month at 5:30 in the City Council Chambers at 448 E. First Street, Suite 190.  If there are no applications to review, they meet at least once each quarter.  Contact the Community Development Department for upcoming meeting dates.

More information about the history of Salida can be found on our history page.

Commission Members:

  • Keith Krebs, Architect
  • Terry Alexander, Mason
  • Steve Harris, Carpenter
  • Thaddeus Hust, Mason
  • Lee Hunnicutt, Downtown Re-development

Minutes and agendas for past Historic Preservation Commission meetings are available for review on the meeting minutes and agendas page.

The Historic Preservation Commission is seeking new Commissioners.  The Commission is made up of 5 regular members and 2 alternates and we currently have 2 alternate positions available.  Qualified Chaffee County residents are encouraged to apply to be on the Commission.  The requirements to be on the Commission are:

  • At least 40% of commission members shall be professionals in preservation-related disciplines such as architecture, landscape architecture, architectural history, archaeology, history, planning, American studies, American civilization, cultural geography or cultural anthropology. Recognizing that professionals may not be available in some communities, this requirement can be waived if the local government makes a good faith effort to recruit professionals and demonstrates that it is capable of carrying out commission responsibilities.

Boards and Commissions Application

Downtown Salida Design Guidelines – These guidelines are intended to help an applicant design an appropriate project within the Downtown Historic District.

E. First Street

E. First Street, 2005.


Historic Downtown Improvement and Economic Sustainability Plan, 2007 – This document identifies policies, strategies and action items to help implement the vision for downtown.


Article XII Historic Preservation – The section of the Salida Municipal Code addressing historic preservation.

Application Forms