The primary goal of creating a historic district is to maintain the basic character of the neighborhood by:
- Protecting and preserving the historic architectural features of the homes in the neighborhood.
- Discouraging demolition and alteration-beyond-recognition of homes that still retain most of their historic character.
- Helping to uncover the history of the neighborhood.
- Encouraging home improvements that are compatible with the character of the area.
- Making Colorado state tax credits available for qualified homes in the neighborhood.
- Maintaining property values of all homes through the prestige that comes with being located in a historic district.
- Facilitating pride of ownership and understanding of the deep historic roots of our neighborhood.
Character is determined by which features repeat throughout the neighborhood. Such things as size, scale, materials, configuration, style, window patterns, design, etc. are taken into consideration.
The Loomis Addition has a variety of styles, but there are strong characteristics that tie them all together. For example, single story houses predominate. There are also a sizable number of houses that are a story-and-a-half tall with the second story being somewhat hidden within the pitch of the roof. Historic houses in the Loomis Addition that are a full two stories are rare, though they do exist. So in terms of height, the predominant character within the neighborhood is one and one-and-a half story homes.