Explore the Sites


Aurora Historic Landmarks & Districts


Historic landmarks tell the story of Aurora, from a small 19th century “trolley town” on the fringes of an emerging metropolis, to a growing suburb of the 1950s. Historic homes, businesses and other sites and structures are the physical memories of Aurora’s rich history. They are valuable resources that need to be protected and shared with the community for today and for the future. 

Jump in your car and take a drive through history with Story Line. The Historic Sites & Preservation Office is proud to provide an audio tour resource for Aurora residents and visitors. Select historic sites have a narrative that relates a story about the location. Use the historic sites brochure and map as a guide.

Landmark #1

Melvin Schoolhouse
Melvin School
4950 S. Laredo Street
Built: 1922
Landmarked: 1986
National Register of Historic Places

Landmark #2 

William Smith House
William Smith House 

412 Oswego Court
Built: 1910
Landmarked: 1986
National Register of Historic Places Historic

Landmark #3 

Gully Homestead House
John Gully Homestead House
DeLaney Farm Historic District
200 S. Chambers Road
Built: 1866-1871
Landmarked: 1986
National Register of Historic Places

Landmark #4 

William Smith School
Historic William Smith School
10000 E. 13th Avenue 
Built: 1931 
Landmarked: 1986

Landmark #5

Aurora Fox Arts Center
Aurora Fox Arts Center 
9900 E. Colfax Avenue 
Built: 1946 
Landmarked: 1987 

Landmark #6 

Millikin House
H.M. Milliken House 
1638 Galena Street 
Built: 1891 
Landmarked: 1987 

Landmark #7

American War Mothers National Memorial Home
American War Mothers National Memorial Home
1601 Peoria Street
Built: 1924-1926
Landmarked: 1988

Landmark #8 

Italian Villa Historic Site
Italian Villa
1785 Hanover Street 
Built: 1925 
Landmarked: 1988

Landmark #10 

T.F. Gillian House
Thomas F. Gilligan House 
Gilligan House 1455 Beeler Street 
Built: 1925 
Landmarked: 1990


Landmark #11 

Centennial House
Centennial House
1671 Galena Street 
Built: 1890 
Landmarked: 1993 
National Register of Historic Places

Landmark #12

Lowry Building 880
Lowry Building 880
1016 Boston Street
Built: 1942
Landmarked: 1995
National Register of Historic Places

Landmark #13

Fitzsimons Guard House
Guardhouses at Fitzsimons General's Park
Colfax Avenue and Peoria Street
Built: 1919
Aurora Historic 
Landmarked: 1999

Landmark #14

Waterfowl Preserve at General's Park
Fitzsimons General's Pond-Waterfowl Preserve
1561 Quentin Street
Built: 1901
Landmarked: 1999

Landmark #15

Red Cross Building and Beehive Memorial
Red Cross Building and Memorial 525
12862 E. Montview Blvd.
Built: 1918
Landmarked: 1999
Building Demolished in 2015; Memorial still stands

Landmark #16

KOA Building
KOA Building
18500 E. Colfax Avenue
Built: 1934
Landmarked: 2001

Landmark #17 

Fuller House
Fuller House 
2027 Galena Street 
Built: 1892 
Landmarked: 2001 

Landmark #18 

Coal Creek Schoolhouse
Coal Creek Schoolhouse

Near intersection of 1st Avenue & Chambers Road 
Built: 1928 
Landmarked: 2001 

Landmark #19 

Marshall Cowing House
Marshall Cowing House
1580 Dallas Street 
Built: 1892
Landmarked: 2004

Landmark #20 

Hornbein Building
Hornbein Building
9901 E. 16th Avenue 
Built: 1953 
Landmarked: 2005 


Landmark #21

Toll Gate Creek sign
Toll Gate Creek Archaeological Site
2141 S. Kittredge Way
Landmarked: 2003 

Landmark #22

Smoky Hill Trail sign
Smoky Hill Trail Historic Marker
Near 23890 E. Smoky Hill Road
Landmarked: 2006 

Landmark #23 

St. Therese School
St. Therese School
1200 Kenton Street 
Built: 1956 
Landmarked: 2007 

Landmark #24

Trolley Trailer No. 610
Trolley Trailer No. 610

Restored and Installed in Growing Home exhibit at the Aurora History Museum
Built: 1913
Landmarked: 2008

Landmark #25

Robidoux House
Robidoux House
1615 Galena Street 
Built: 1913 
Landmarked: 2011 
National Register of Historic Places

Landmark #26

image of Bicentennial Art Center
Bicentennial Art Center
13655 E. Alameda Avenue
Built: 1938
Landmarked: 2012

Landmark #27

Stanley Aviation, now Stanley Marketplace
Stanley Aviation (Stanley Marketplace)
2501 Dallas Street 
Built: 1954
Landmarked: 2015

Landmark #28

McMillan House
McMillan House
1629 Galena Street
Built: 1911
Landmarked: 2018



HISTORIC DISTRICTS


DeLaney Farm Historic District
DeLaney Farm Historic District 
Chambers Road & Alameda Parkway 
Aurora Historic District 
Landmarked: 1997



St. Therse Parish Historic District
St. Therese Parish Historic District 
12th & Kenton Streets 
Built: 1956 
Aurora Historic District 
Designated: 2012 



CULTURAL HERITAGE SITE


Victory Grange
Victory Grange

2025 Tower Road
Built: 1951
Aurora Cultural Heritage Site #1
Named: 2011

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