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Tarado Mansion (Adams Hotel)

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Adams Hotel
1907, Minnie Adams; relocated and remodeled. Southwest corner of I-70 Arriba exit and Colorado 63

A primitive vernacular replica of Mount Vernon, this hostelry began life as Minnie Adams's boarding house, with twenty-two rooms, each barely large enough for a single bed and a closet. After I-70 bypassed the hotel, the owners dismantled and moved it piece by piece to the interstate exit. Originally L-shaped, it was reestablished on a new rectangular concrete foundation with a basement. Its one-story wings at either end faintly echo the arcaded wings at Mount Vernon. Six massive, square, two-story porch columns ape the plantation style, and a hexagonal cupola copycats Mount Vernon's crowning element. Instead of third-story dormers on the shallow hipped roof, the Arriba model has an oversized wooden roof cresting. It has been renamed Tarado (Tara of Colorado).

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel



Thomas J. Noel, "Tarado Mansion (Adams Hotel)", [Arriba, 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, 268-269.

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