Telluride, Colorado History
These are a series of photos that can help you find particular property and analyze shape and configuration. Another good photo resource is Volume 2 of the Rio Grande Southern Story “Telluride, Pandora and the Mines Above”.
In 1966, the U.S. Senate enacted a bill that preserves and protects historic landmarks, places, and districts. A historic district includes buildings, properties, or historically rich land that is protected because of its history or architectural significance.
Telluride is a designated National Historic Landmark District that encompasses 80 acres of downtown Telluride and 7 acres outside of downtown. As one of four communities in Colorado with this designation, Telluride residents are committed to the preservation efforts of its Old West architecture, open space, and small mountain town lifestyle.
Telluride is a wonderful community to be a part of and we take great pride in our town’s architecture and that of the homes built here.
For more information on the history of Telluride and its National Historic Landmark District, please view the PDF version of the town’s registration form.
Historic Telluride, CO
The Sanborn Insurance Company made maps of many towns and cities in the U.S. and these are valuable resources for historians and historic preservation analysis. This map is a compilation of a loose-leaf set of maps for Telluride and is dated 1908. This is the last Sanborn map before the expiration of the Period of Significance in 1913. If your home or building is shown on this map, it is historic.
Historic Structures Map
This map shows the current ratings of historic and non-historic structures in the town of Telluride.