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The Fort

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1963, Bill Lumpkins. Colorado 8, just north of U.S. 285

For this restaurant replica of Bent's Fort ( OT11), owner Sam Arnold commissioned Bill Lumpkins, a leading Santa Fe architect. Craftsmen used local red earth and straw to make the 80,000 bricks for this adobe castle with a single large entry gate, round corner tower, and upstairs accommodations resembling those of Bent's Fort. Ox blood was used to seal the tile floors and give them a lustrous, rich red color. The interior incorporates many other southwestern details, including the Padre Martinez chairs and the southwestern cooking of Sam and Carrie Arnold.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


What's Nearby


Thomas J. Noel, "The Fort", [Morrison, 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, 161-161.

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