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Delaware Block

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1885, George King. 700 Harrison Ave. (northeast corner of 7th St.)
  • (Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress)

An iron-crested mansard roof over the angled corner entry and paired segmental-arched windows distinguish this three-story, red brick commercial building in the Second Empire style. The original owners, from Delaware, spent $80,000 to erect a first–rate business block, which their heirs sold in 1946 for half that amount. A $1 million restoration in the 1980s converted fifty offices to thirty-six hotel rooms with twelve-foot ceilings and six-foot windows. A mansard half-roof and elaborate geometric frieze adorn the Harrison Avenue facade, while the cornice is crowned by a broken pediment with the building's name inscribed.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


What's Nearby


Thomas J. Noel, "Delaware Block", [Leadville, 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, 363-363.

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