Historic Preservation

Old sepia tone photo of the two-story Masonic Lodge
Black and white photo of one-story brick building, horses, carriages, and men with top hats.
Historic black and white photograph of 1920_25 Douglas County Courthouse
Historic black and white photograph of 1925 WX First National Bank Douglas County
Historic black and white photograph of 221 Cantril St. Home and front lawn pictured.
Historic black and white photograph of Castle Rock summit circa 1880-1920

Historic photos

Historic black and white photograph of 1956 DCHS homecoming float on Wilcox St.
Historic black and white photograph of 1965 flood- Wolfensberger Bridge
Photos courtesy Douglas County Libraries Archives and Local History

Town history

Black and white photo of two story building with a flat roof and General Merchandize sign.Founded in 1874, the Town of Castle Rock possesses a unique architectural identity that contributes to its appearance. Early events and industries influenced the homes and buildings constructed here. Settlement in the area began in the 1860s and was shaped by agriculture and ranching.

Preservation efforts

In order to preserve the Town’s historic and cultural heritage, the Historic Preservation Board was created in 1995. The board serves as the review entity for new building and alterations to existing structures within the historic downtown area, located: 

  • East of Interstate 25
  • West of Gilbert Street
  • South of Wolfensberger Road
  • Generally north of South Street

The Historic Preservation Board also reviews applications for landmark designation and provides Town Council with guidance on designating structures. 

Castle Rock Style

An overview of the Town’s unique architecture can be found in Castle Rock Style (PDF). Castle Rock Style serves as a guide for new construction and alterations to historic structures within the Town. This publication can be obtained at Town Hall. 


More information 

For further information or to learn about the requirements on construction within the Historic Downtown Area, email us or call 720-733-3538.