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Montrose City Hall

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1926. 433 S. 1st St. (NR)

A mini–civic center of narrow lawns, tiny plazas, a pool featuring the bell and anchor of the decommissioned USS Montrose, and public sculpture surrounds this two-story masonry building on a concrete foundation. Its walls are faced in yellow brick. Contrasting red brick is used for quoins and intermixed in courses of stretcher and Flemish bond to form geometric patterns, primarily in spandrels, adding a distinct vertical Art Deco element. A decorative band above the second-story windows acts as a frieze and adds a classical note. The parapet fronting a flat roof resembles a battlement, with crenelations near the corners. The irregular structure was originally built to house both City Hall and the City Library, explaining the two main entrances. The street east of City Hall has been closed off to form a plaza shared by a sister building, the two-story Firehouse No. 1 (c. 1910) to the north. Now converted to city offices, the firehouse has been joined to City Hall by an enclosed elevated crossover above a narrow band of lawn.

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Author: 
Thomas J. Noel
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Thomas J. Noel, "Montrose City Hall", [Montrose, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/CO-01-MO06.

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 580-580.

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