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Union Pacific Depot

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1903. 1923, wings. 1986, restoration, Ronald K. Abo. 113 N. Front St. (northwest corner of Main St.) (NR)

The unknown architect of this railroad depot tended toward Tudor Revival style in combining buttressed and parapeted gable ends with a square entry tower and large, full-arched waiting room windows. A prominent chimney and steeply pitched roof add to the verticality, making this an elegant departure from typically horizontal depots. The exotic facade fronts a typical linear plan with a two-story central section flanked by asymmetrical single-story wings added in 1923. The hipped roofs extend generously over knee brackets. Pressed red brick is complemented by gray Fort Collins stone and white-painted wood trim. The three-story entry tower has a corbeled arcade above recessed panels with banded stucco circles on the second level. Below, the front door is flanked by side lights and flared stone buttresses and topped by a banded arch with prominent keystone. The central waiting rooms retain their elegant golden oak interiors. Originally at 240 Front Street, where it served both the Union Pacific and the Burlington, the building was moved in 1984 and recycled as a museum and events center.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Union Pacific Depot", [Sterling, 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, 257-257.

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