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Forest Queen Hotel

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1890. 129 Elk Ave. (northwest corner of 2nd St.)

This two-story frame building beside Coal Creek has a false front with a cornice supported by carved brackets and a paneled frieze. A four-bay storefront has a separate entrance for the hotel on the right and a recessed entry between large glazed bays, now enclosed for a vestibule. Wooden corner pilasters above echo the pilasters dividing the first-floor bays. Little altered since the 1880s, when it served as a general store, the Forest Queen was a bar and brothel before its reformation as a hotel and restaurant. Interior highlights include a high wooden ceiling and an antique safe and back bar.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Forest Queen Hotel", [Crested Butte, 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, 541-542.

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