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Lathrop House

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1902. 718 E. Main St. (NR)
  • (Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

This two-story Queen Anne house has that style's typical asymmetrical massing, with a multigable roof, decorative porches, and paneled gable ends. It also wears classical elements such as a porch roof pediment, Tuscan columns, and a Palladian window. A full-width front porch incorporates a conical roof in the northeast corner, where a full-blown example of the style would have a two-or three-story tower. John V. Lathrop came from Kansas in 1890 and opened the Lathrop Hardware Store, which remains in operation. His wife Emma's uncle designed what she claimed was the largest and costliest ($10,000) house in town. Returned to single-family use after service as multifamily housing in the 1930s and as a restaurant in the 1970s, the dwelling has a restored, shiplap-sided exterior on a local stone foundation. The interior retains the original spindled oak staircase, columned oak fireplace, sideboard with beveled mirror, and columns dividing the formal front parlor from the less formal family back parlor.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Lathrop House", [Montrose, 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, 580-581.

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