Red sandstone ashlar blocks from Ramsey's Quarry near Dolores give this three-story Romanesque Revival building a masonry monumentality. Pioneer miner, merchant, and state senator Charles Newman dressed up his corner edifice with cast iron storefronts and a pressed metal frieze with bas-relief garlands. Acanthus leaf capitals frame the leaded and frosted glass storefront transom. The Newman Block, home to storefront retail uses and upper-story offices, shares its block with some artful infill. Next door to the north, the Main Mall (1976, Richard D. Walker and Associates), 835 Main, uses fine contemporary brick-work for a facade animated by a dramatic cornice, corbeling, recessed two-story round-arched windows, bays, and a recessed entrance. Walker, a Durango architect, used textured burnt orange and blue-tinged bricks in this modern structure that acknowledges the legacy of Victorian buildings destroyed by fire.
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