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City and County Building Annex No. 2 (Denver Public Library)

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Denver Public Library
1910, Albert Randolph Ross. 144 W. Colfax Ave.

This three-story Greek Revival temple of Turkey Creek sandstone was designed by a New York architect and funded in part by a $200,000 grant from Andrew Carnegie. The main north facade is fronted by giant Corinthian columns culminating in a dentiled cornice. Square pilasters back the columns and continue around the building to divide fenestration bays under a truncated hipped roof. Since the library moved across Civic Center in 1956, the interior has been awkwardly remodeled to accommodate city agencies.

Writing Credits

Author: 
Thomas J. Noel

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