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Townsend House

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c. 1888. 222 S. 5th St. (NR)

Capped by roofline cresting and a Tudoresque chimney, this two-and-one-half-story Queen Anne dwelling of pinkish brown brick has a steep, multigable roof covered in its original copper and zinc. The unusually attractive and well-preserved house harmoniously blends rich details: Eastlake bargeboard and cutouts on the gable ends, a small second-story porch over the entry with turned posts and balustrade echoing those of the larger first-story porch below, and mature landscaping behind a wrought iron spearhead fence. Businessman and banker Thomas B. Townsend manufactured the bricks at his Montrose factory.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Townsend 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, 581-581.

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