DENVER (CBS4) – Denver Mayor Michael Hancock wants the Denver Civic Center to become a National Historic Landmark. On Tuesday the mayor gave personal testimony to support Civic Center’s candidacy to the National Park System Advisory Board Landmarks Committee.

Denver Civic Center was recommended by a U.S. Department of the Interior agency to become a National Historic Landmark.

“Civic Center serves as the keystone for the entire Denver Parks system and sits literally where the city’s cultural, community and commercial realms converge,” Hancock said at the meeting. “For Civic Center to receive the honor of becoming National Historic Landmark would shine a spotlight on this city treasure and help to deliver Denver as a world-class city.”

civic center park Denver Civic Center Recommended To Become National Historic Landmark

A concert in Civic Center Park (credit:

Included in the designation for the Civic Center is Civic Center Park, Veteran’s Park, the McNichols Building, the City and County Building, and the Colorado State Capitol.

“Civic Center would join a list of some of the most iconic, treasured and historically significant spaces in the United States,” the mayor’s office said in a statement. “Designation would place Civic Center alongside such sites as the Empire State Building, the Alamo and the Library of Congress.”

The recommendation will go to the National Park Service Advisory Board on May 22 and 23. The board will advance their recommendations to Interior Secretary, and Colorado native, Ken Salazar, who will officially designate the new National Historic Landmarks.

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