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Garfield County Courthouse

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1928, Robert K. Fuller. 1983, addition, Henningson, Durham and Richardson. 109 8th St. (northwest corner of Colorado Ave.)
  • (Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

The original, south half of the county courthouse features terracotta trim, pilasters, spandrels, pediments, and an entry adorned with the torch of liberty, the scales of justice, spread eagles, and a longhorn cow skull. The blond brick building displays a careful geometric discipline related to the Prairie School. After the 1983 renovation and expansion, which added a stark northern half to the original Neoclassical box, a local resident complained that the building looked “somewhat like a wedding cake constructed by two bakers from opposite schools of design.”

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Garfield County Courthouse", [Glenwood Springs, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 481-482.

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