Historic Preservation

NEW! Survey looking into the history of commercial properties in Brighton now complete. Find out more about Phase II of the Brighton Subdivision grant in the links below. This grant focused on some of the commercial properties in the Brighton Subdivision:

NEW! The Brighton Historic Preservation Commission has recently completed a digital version of the 2019 updated paper brochure which is available for free in locations across the city. Included in this virtual tour are photos of the buildings, photos related to past historic uses, and descriptions of the buildings and their histories. Click below to take a tour of our downtown without leaving the house!

Image of start button click to go to downtown walking tour

CO State Archives-8-Brighton-MainStreet-CSA-5.5=3.25, 6=3.75Historic Main Street - Circa 1910


The history of Brighton dates back to 1887. You can trace back to appreciate the city’s development and our heritage through its architectural styles and building details, as well as the significant events and people related to these places. Sadly, many places that trace our heritage have been lost to fire or progress. Saving our treasured places* with historic designation ensures that present and future generations can appreciate the beauty and richness of Brighton’s past. Rehabilitation of historic properties is an environmentally-responsible construction activity and can create new jobs and boost the local economy. Today, historic properties add to our quality of life as dynamic community centerpieces providing cultural places to shop, invest, create, and live. 

News and Publications:

Brighton Downtown Properties - Historic District
Photo Brochure of Downtown Properties

Property Designation:

Are you interested in designating your property? Is your property already designated and you aren’t sure what that might mean? Just interested in learning more?

Follow this link for more information.

Brighton’s Historic Landmarks:

  • First Presbyterian Church – 1886 Church -147 South 1st Avenue 
    • State Register – June 9, 1999 
    • Local Register – December 6, 2016
  • Brighton Armory - 300 Strong Street
    • Local Register - January 20, 2009
  • Brighton High School - 830 Bridge Street
    • National Register - January 23, 1998
    • State Register - May 14, 1997
  • Bromley Koizuma-Hishinuma Farm - 1594 East Bromley Lane
    • National Register - August 18, 2007
    • Local Register - August 3, 2010
  • Adams County County Courthouse (Historic City Hall) - 22 S. 4th Avenue
    • National Register - October 4, 2006
    • State Register - August 31, 2006
    • Local Register - December 6, 2016
  • Brighton’ Town Hall (AKA Senior Center) - 575 S. Bush Street
    • Local Register - October 7, 2014
  • Buddhist Church - 21 South 1st Avenue 
    • Local Register – August 18, 2015
  • Bicycle Shop - 119 North Main Street
    • Local Register – June 6, 2017
  • Colorado Sanitary Canning Factory - 224 North Main Street
    • National Register – March 15, 2016
  • Brighton Downtown Historic District - First two blocks of Main Street north of Bridge Street, which are bordered by Bridge Street along the south, Cabbage Avenue along the east, Freedom’s Way along the north and 1stAvenue along the west
    • Local Register – December 19, 2017
  • Brighton Train Depot - 269 East Bridge Street
    • Local Register – November 13, 2018
  • Ken’s Kars/ADCO Co-Op - 301 South Main Street
    • Local Register – September 4, 2018
  • Foley Farmstead Barn - Lot 15, block 7 of the Village at Southgate Subdivision
    • Local Register – July 17, 2018