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Rio Grande Southern Hotel

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1893, E. L. Wilbur. 101 S. 5th St. (southeast corner of Central Ave.) (NR)
  • (Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

This recently restored frame hotel consists of a two-story original structure with a smaller 1902 frame addition. It was stuccoed to comply with a new ordinance after a 1913 fire that claimed the hotel's ice-house and stables, along with other downtown buildings. The third-story gables retain their original bargeboard and wood shingles in an alternating square and fishscale pattern beneath a sunburst. In contrast to the Queen Anne facade, the other three walls are plain-Jane stuccoed planks.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


What's Nearby


Thomas J. Noel, "Rio Grande Southern Hotel", [Dolores, 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, 596-596.

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