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Architects' Small House Service Bureau Model House

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1920s. 456 Williams St.

This symmetrical facade minimizes historicist detail to flirt with Modernist simplicity. The east side of Williams Street contains other variations on this approach of the ASHSB, whose Mountain Division was established in Denver in the early 1920s by ten leading local architects. The ASHSB designed and built “no frills” houses that excluded “meaningless ornamentation.” Plans for sixty different houses were designed and marketed in an attempt to provide affordable architect-designed housing. The double allée of elms along Williams between Cheesman Park and 4th Avenue is an unusual variation on the standard parkway planting strip.

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Thomas J. Noel
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Thomas J. Noel, "Architects' Small House Service Bureau Model House", [Denver, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/CO-01-DV125.

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