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Cheyenne County Courthouse

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1908, John J. Huddart. 51 S. 1st St. (NR)

Aspiring feebly to Georgian Revival, this overblown four-square is three brick stories tall. It has four attic dormers, a pedimented entry, decorative keystones over first-floor windows, brick pilasters, and white-painted eaves and frieze. Inside, light from original fixtures still shines on much of the original wood-work, mosaic tile vestibule floor, and coffered-ceilinged courtroom with a portrait of George Washington. A new wing and a 1983 renovation complement the original. In this sparsely populated county, the courthouse still houses many of its original functions, as well as the social service department, the county extension agent, and the weed control office. One of a number of Colorado county courthouses designed by Denver architect John Huddart, this is a relatively sparse, simple building exemplifying the early twentieth-century reaction to Victorian styles.

Writing Credits

Author: 
Thomas J. Noel

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