The City of Victor is regarded as one of the most intact historic mining communities in the Rocky Mountain West. After the 1890s gold boom, decades of decline prevented modern development and helped preserve the city's turn-of-the-cetury structures. Today this small community is faced with maintining 400 historic buildings and dwellings. Victor's residents and property owners have accomplished much with scant resources, and its historic structures remain remarkably well-preserved. To further encourage preservation, the Victor Design Guidelines Handbook describes the local architecture, provides guidelines for work on Victor's historic houses and buildings, and furnishes guidelines for constructing compatible new dwellings and commercial structures.
The City's historic houses and buildings reflect the many aspects of Victor's unique history. They reflect its early growth and reconstruction after the 1899 fire. They reflect its historic role as the mining district's transportation center, and the tourism that replaced gold mining as the chief industry. Except for a brief resurgence in gold activity during the 1930s, the city and its historic structures suffered deterioration and neglect through most of the 1900s. After legalized gaming in nearby Cripple Creek and a revival of gold mining activities in the 1990s, Victor's population has doubled during this decade. Many long-vacant buildings and dwellings have been restored. However, the city's historic fabric is vulnerable to insensitive new development.
The City of Victor is committed to the preservation of its historic past. Toward that goal and consistent with these efforts, an Historic Building Survey, a Preservation Master Plan and a Design Guideline Handbook have been developed over the years to assist property owners in the construction and renovation of buildings within our community. The City highly encourages property owners, contractors, architects and others to refer to these available tools in their planning for construction or remodel. The City staff and consultants are available to assist property owners in evaluating their plans. Please feel free to contact us at any time.
Historic Building Survey
Preservation Master Plan
Design Guideline Handbook