In 2016, the City of Pueblo contracted with SWCA Environmental Consultants (SWCA) to complete a historic architectural survey of Downtown Pueblo. The historic architectural survey proceeded in two phases: first, the recording of 154 buildings or structures on 149 sites in the reconnaissance survey and, second, the selection of 26 of these sites for intensive survey recording. The architectural survey and documentation are intent upon identifying and evaluating important Downtown Pueblo resources within their historic contexts, and recommending the presence of and boundaries for a historic district that reflects the City of Pueblo's commercial role as a Front Range community with strong ties to its industrial past. The project was funded in part by a grant from History Colorado, State Historical Fund Program, Pueblo City Council, Historic Pueblo, Inc., City Center Partnership, Downtown association and Pueblo Urban Renewal Authority.
The reconnaissance survey area is centered on the downtown core business area at Main Street and extends generally from City Center Drive north to West 11th Street and from North Albany Avenue west to North Greenwood Street. The results of the historic architectural survey support the potential establishment of a Downtown Pueblo Historic District within the original subdivision of Pueblo north of City Center Drive.