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Mechanical Arts Building

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1885. 1894, Harlan Thomas. South side of W. Laurel St. on The Oval

This two-story red brick and sandstone building was remodeled in 1891 in the Richardsonian Romanesque style by Harlan Thomas, then a twenty-one-year-old student who would graduate in 1894. Originally called the Industrial Arts Building, with “forge room,” “molding room,” and “modern machines” areas, it is now shops, offices, and workrooms for the building trades and mechanical engineering. Wall cases display antique tools. Next door to the east is a functional industrial shop with stepped flat roofs and a traditional brick facade. Industrial glass walls brighten this WPA-built piece of classicized Bauhaus design.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Mechanical Arts Building", [Fort Collins, 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, 227-228.

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