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Douglas County Administration Building

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1982, Hoover Berg Desmond. 301 Wilcox St.

A radically Modernist replacement of a Victorian courthouse destroyed by fire, this won a national AIA award for the innovative Denver firm that designed it. The architects were inspired by the memory of the old courthouse and the architectural context, but were driven by a small budget. A stark box of smooth-faced concrete block, the building is a study in minimalism adorned only by contrasting rough-faced block for the foundation, stringcourses, and window trim. White glazed block “dentils” are the only cornice ornament. The Douglas County Executive Building (1994?), 101 3rd Street, is a much more successful combination of contemporary cinderblock and traditional rhyolite.

Writing Credits

Author: 
Thomas J. Noel

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