You are here

Animas School Museum

-A A +A
1906. 3065 W. 2nd Ave. (southwest corner of 31st St.)
  • (Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

Since 1980 the La Plata County Historical Society Museum has occupied this three-story sandstone building on spacious, landscaped grounds. The Cummins family, local masons, probably built the school using sandstone quarried from the bluff just behind the site. They laid the rough-cut, quarry-face stone, colored in warm, tawny tones, in regular courses with subtle banding. One schoolroom has been restored as a 1908 setting for time-tripping schoolchildren.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


What's Nearby


Thomas J. Noel, "Animas School Museum", [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, 559-559.

If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.

SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.