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Navajo Hogan

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1936, John Aaron, builder. 1989, restoration. 2817 N. Nevada Ave. (NR)

North Nevada Avenue evolves from a street of fine homes along a landscaped median to a commercial strip above Jackson Street. Its prize piece of roadside Americana is this restaurant and bar mimicking a traditional Navajo dwelling. Thick, hand-hewn pine slabs were fitted on site to form a domed roof. Around 1940 a second hogan was added to the east of the first, with a pentagonal addition at the rear for an office. Neon zigzags along the eaves and outlines the 17-foot-tall Navajo sign. Next door, El Sombrero, 2821 North Nevada Avenue, is a tiny cinderblock restaurant under a huge concrete sombrero.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Navajo Hogan", [Colorado Springs, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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