Historic Preservation Commission

The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC)  is a now the decision making board on major certificate of approval applications relating to historic preservation in the Salida Downtown Historic District and locally land-marked properties.  They review major Certificate of Approval applications for local landmarks and sites within the Salida Downtown National Register District and make recommendations to City Council on new landmark designations.  The HPC helps 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.  Contact the Community Development Department (719) 530-2626 for upcoming meeting dates.

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

Commission Members:

  • Keith Krebs, Architect – Chairman
  • Steve Harris, Historic Preservation Contractor
  • Jack Chivvis, Local Historian and Historic property owner
  • Patrick Regan, Downtown Historic Property owner
  • Steve Chapman. Local Historian – ALTERNATE
  • Lee Hunnicutt, Downtown Re-development-ALTERNATE

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

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