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Lace House

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1863. 1976, restoration, Edward D. White, Jr. 161 Main St.
  • (Photograph by Robert S. Salzar)
  • (Photograph by Robert S. Salzar)
  • (Photograph by Robert S. Salzar)
  • (Photograph by Robert S. Salzar)
  • (Photograph by Robert S. Salzar)

Lavish decorative wood detail makes this a fine example of how Carpenter's Gothic trim could enhance a miner's shack. On a stone foundation, the two-story, vertical board-and-batten dwelling has a steeply pitched roof, gable finials, pointed windows, lace cutout porch trim, and bargeboards dripping with wooden scroll-sawn icicles. It was donated in 1974 to the town of Black Hawk for use as a museum that has become one of the most photographed examples of Gothic Revival architecture in the Rockies. The Lace House is evidence that even remote frontier towns aspired to the picturesque domestic styles popularized by Andrew Jackson Downing.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Lace House", [Central City, 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, 198-198.

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