Keeping our Colorado Heritage & History
In 1995, the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The City Auditorium is considered historically significant as a manifestation of community planning and development efforts that produced a valued public resource, beginning in 1922. It is architecturally significant as the final collaborative effort of two locally significant master architects, and as the last local representation of publicly owned Classical Revival architecture. Being on the register ensures eligibility for grants from Colorado’s State Historical Fund (SHF).
The proposed renovation plan includes a multiuse rehabilitation of the building exterior and a redesign of the interior of the facility, expanding its useable floor area from 40,000 square feet to 90,000 square feet. An addition will be built on the south side, and two new floor levels on the inside will replace the current arena seating. The partial basement will include an orchestra pit, a versatile and multi-faceted event/theater venue, and commercial food and beverage partners. The ground floor will host retail and community partners. The main performance venue will face the preserved proscenium arch and seat about 600 with a flat floor option for up to 730 people.
A Place for Everyone: Unique Cultural Pillars
The revitalized City Auditorium will accommodate a variety of occupants including nonprofit tenant offices, leased nonprofit performance space, commercial rental bookings, food and beverage establishments, workforce development centers, and an incubator space for theater and concert productions. Additional residents in all cultural pillars are slated to include western heritage, wellness, faith community, military, and business development. Our goal is to preserve the historic nature of the Auditorium while providing Colorado with new spaces and opportunities for diverse, creative arts experiences.