Littleton council approves historic designation for century-old home

Structure near city's downtown has stood since 1921


Littleton City Council, during a Sept. 20 public meeting, unanimously approved a new historic designation for a more than 100-year-old home near the city's downtown. 

Known as the Mumford Residence, the home — located just north of Littleton Boulevard — was built in 1921 and originally housed Elmer and Anna Mumford.

The one-and-a-half-story property is considered late Victorian/Edwardian architecture, according to Andrea Mimnaugh, Littleton's senior planner for community development, who said “much of the original historic fabric to this house remains."

The home's owner, Karen Moulton, made the application for historic designation which can unlock tax credits, rebates and even a city-issued plaque.  Moulton called the home "a family project" and said she hoped historic designation can help her repair and maintain the property for her own children to someday live in.

“It will eventually be the residence for our children," she said, adding she hopes it will  "stay intact for another 100 years."

To gain historic designation, a property must meet several criteria outlined in Littleton's city code — including that a property be more than 40 years old, have historic significance to the community and retain its original materials and features. 

On Aug. 15, Littleton's Historic Preservation Board voted unanimously that the Mumford Residence met the criteria. 

Littleton Resident Pam Chadbourne, a regular council commentator, praised Moulton's push for historical designation, calling it "a great thing when people decide to invest in their community for historic reasons."

She urged other historic property owners to do the same and said city council should be more to promote historic designation. 

“While I recognize we cannot preserve everything from Littleton, it is great that we can preserve some of these establishments like this from time to time," said District 2 City Councilmember Jerry Valdes.

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