Stone faces hide in the facade of this five-story Richardsonian Romanesque landmark of Trinidad sandstone. The round arches that dominate the street fronts are repeated on upper stories. An asymmetrical, pedimented gable end heightens the verticality of the composition. Gargoyles, twin polished stone half columns at the entrance, and a balustraded stone balcony are among many fine details. Frank Bloom ran his Bloom Land and Cattle Company, stretching from New Mexico to Montana, from this bank, of which he was vice president. This $70,000 edifice was lauded by Denver's Western Architect and Building News for its use of local sandstone, not only in masonry but as “cut and dressed stone trimmings.” In the upstairs photography studio, with its skylight and carbide lamps, Glenn Aultman continued the business established by his father, which documented life in Trinidad and Las Animas County throughout the twentieth century in one of Colorado's most important photographic collections.
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