Historic Restoration

Denver lays claim to one of the richest chapters in American history.

It boasts some of the most cherished historical homes in the United States

Building restoration describes a particular treatment approach and philosophy within the field of architectural conservation. According to the U.S. Secretary of Interior's standards, "Restoration is said as the act or process of accurately depicting the form, features, and character of a property as it appeared at a particular period of time by means of the removal of features from other periods in its history and reconstruction of missing features from the restoration period. The limited and sensitive upgrading of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems and other code-required work to make properties functional is appropriate within a restoration project." Here at Dowd Restoration we are dedicated to restoration in it’s true form. Bringing the old back to life. Our attention to detail has gained us the respect of the Denver community ten fold. We have undertaken countless restoration projects and our finish work is second to none. It may appear that we are boasting a bit here but the proof is in the many positive reviews and happy customers and we are happy to provide additional references upon request. Look no further to Dowd Restoration for all of your paining, restoration or general contracting jobs you are looking to have done. No job is too small or too big. If you can imagine it, we can make it happen.

DOWD Restoration has restoration experience from repairing weathered worn and damaged structures to recreating historic architecture to both private homes and commercial properties. Refurbishing a timeworn, derelict or mistreated piece of the past and renovating it for future generations to relish is tremendously satisfying work. Let DOWD Restoration help you with your next historic restoration project!


This literally means to ‘bring back’ the original building. You can be as strict or as relaxed as is your preference. We say “they don’t build them like that anymore” and it’s true…likewise, it’s vital when selecting craftsmen & engineers to work with and you’ll need to ensure that they actually know how to bring back these uncommon historical features and that they know the methods that were used to create them in the first place.

Some Denver Historic Home Restoration projects have the basic features restored back to the original and then they integrate a more contemporary feel in both the kitchen and bathroom. No one would ever suggest that the Unsinkable Molly Brown had a dishwasher or a hot tub!

When homeowners mix the old with the new, they sometimes elect to add historical elements not found in the original. It can very much enhance their living experience as well as add value to the house. An experienced designer knows how to blend your additional creative concepts so that it becomes a part of the whole and does not stand apart from the whole by drawing the eye.

A brief survey yields the information that the demographic drawn to restoration projects are often connected in some way to the ‘green movement.’ After all, it’s a fair comment, that the greenest house is the one that’s already built! It’s so good that many home owners in the Denver area are preserving and renovating these historic properties.


This is the method applied when the structure or form of the historical home is modified. Walls can be added or taken down, dormers can be added to enlarge the living space of a room, attics can be transformed into spare rooms or office spaces, and a common ordinary porch can be developed into the full scale romance of a wraparound version of the same. Coving can be added or removed.

Good engineers will bring with them creative solutions so that complex design problems are minimized. They will conduct a thorough structural analysis before a nail is hammered in or a single board is added or removed.


This is the best known and is the most affordable method put to use when tackling home improvements. It usually involves repainting, and often with a whole new color palette. The best advice would be to explore the full range of techniques and innovative painting methods before making firm choices. An array of very affordable painting designs & textures are now featured in online YouTube videos. Check out the unique history that belongs to Denver before you decide on redecorating.

Textiles and soft furnishings, to include window dressing, can be changed out or brought out by the addition of the new colors on the walls, windowsills, and other woodwork. New lighting can work magic in any setting. Working a ‘light’ theme can also have mirrors strategically placed to reflect and bounce available natural light to darker corners of the room.


Kitchen Remodel

Jim did an amazing complete kitchen gut and renovation in my 1920’s craftsman near Wash Park. As a real estate professional myself, I know how hard it can be to coordinate the teams, stay on a budget, and make sure everything is in on time, and at a high quality level! His team is great and Jim communicated very well throughout all the stages with me. It was done on time and on budget. I am already looking for another project to bring him in on.

by Jerry Broccolo on DOWD RESTORATION
Definite two thumbs up!

Dowd Restoration recently finished painting the exterior of my house. Jim made the entire experience very smooth and trouble-free. The preliminary work-scraping, priming, patching, etc.-was very expertly done, and everything was completed in a timely manner. There were some complications due to a new roof and some woodwork repairs being done during the same time period, once that was completed, Jim was over quickly to take care of all the touching up and additional repainting necessary.

The crew was very friendly and polite. They also worked very hard and answered all questions we had. We were also amazed at how a new paint job and colors can totally change the look of a house. We love the new look. Definite two thumbs up!

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