Denver Council rejects making house a historic landmark

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DENVER –Denver City Council voted late Monday night against ordering a historic landmark designation for a house in the Jefferson Park neighborhood.

We first told you last week that council member Rafael Espinoza was leading an effort to make the house a historic landmark to keep it from being torn down.

But the homeowner says it should be her choice what happens to it.

The house was built in the 1890s and is one of the few Queen Anne-style homes left in the neighborhood. Plus, the architects who built Red Rocks Amphitheater lived there.

Judith Battista owns it now and she wants to sell it. The highest bidder is likely a developer who would bulldoze it.

That’s why the councilman said he wanted to make it a landmark.

If the council had voted in favor, it would have meant the house could never be knocked down.

The homeowner fought against the landmark status of the home. She said she would’ve lost out on money when she sells it, and would end up paying three times more for repairs.

“To replace windows alone, you’re looking at $20,000 to do it normal and up to about $60,000 to do it historic,” she said.

Battista said when she bought it nine years ago, she was unaware of the possibility that her home could one day be considered for historic status.

The city is now likely to issue her a certificate of non-historic status for the house.