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Columbian School

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1916, Nels T. Nelson, W. F. Mowbray, and F. W. Foote, builders. 1946, addition. 1026 W. 6th St.

This single-story brick school on a rectangular plan has a central open courtyard and a two-story gymnasium on the north. The Mission Revival style is evident in the curvilinear parapets with quatre-foil ornaments and in the arcade on three sides of the courtyard. The two-story addition at the northeast corner is larger but sympathetic, with light and dark beige brick contrasting subtly in tone to highlight brick patterns in the full-height entry surrounds. The nearby cottage, built for band practice, has been remodeled for classrooms. Builder Nels T. Nelson, who came from Sweden via Ishpeming, Michigan, built many stone buildings in Fort Lyon, Las Animas, and Cripple Creek.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Columbian School", [Las Animas, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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