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Main Avenue Furnishings (Balthasar Kern Saloon)

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Balthasar Kern Saloon
1889. 1015 Main Ave.
  • (Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

Durango businessmen sought the same stylish garb for their buildings as their peers in Denver, Chicago, St. Louis, and San Francisco. The Kern family had the Mesker Brothers of St. Louis provide their two-story, cast iron storefront. Colored glass squares frame the large transom windows, while the iron facade sprouts into rosettes, medallions, Ionic capitals, and a bracketed cornice on this fine Italianate emporium.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Main Avenue Furnishings (Balthasar Kern Saloon)", [Durango, 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, 556-556.

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