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Montclair Civic Building(Molkerei)

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c. 1899. 6820 E. 12th Ave. (in Montclair Park)
  • Montclair Civic Building (Molkerei) (Tom Noel)

Here cattle were stabled below and tuberculosis patients housed upstairs, where they could lounge on open-air sun porches, drink fresh milk, and breathe the barnyard effluvium. Originally known by the German word for dairy and modeled after German health spas offering the milk cure, this three-story clapboard structure with a rhyolite foundation and brick columns has a screened porch on three sides. Tuscan columns and the Eastlake trim on the north entry and overhead balcony are among the few pieces of ornament on a utilitarian edifice that found reuse as one of Denver's first community centers.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel

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