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Colorado National Guard Armory

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1913, James H. Bryant and Joseph C. Taylor. 1301 Arapahoe St. (NR)
  • (Photograph by Robert S. Salzar)
  • (Photograph by Robert S. Salzar)
  • (Photograph by Robert S. Salzar)
  • (Photograph by Robert S. Salzar)

This three-story fortress with its 65-foot-high square tower was built by Golden contractor James H. Gow with 3,300 wagonloads of river rock from nearby Clear Creek. Locals boast it is the largest cobblestone structure in the world. Built by the National Guard Corps of Engineers, it initially had dormitories, a mess hall, drill hall, weapons storage rooms, a hospital, and an auditorium, but has been converted to shops and offices.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


What's Nearby


Thomas J. Noel, "Colorado National Guard Armory", [Golden, 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, 153-154.

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