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Hotel Vail

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1911, J. M. Gile, Robert S. Willison, and Montana S. Fallis. 217 S. Grand Ave. (southwest corner of Union Ave.) (NR)
  • (Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

John E. Vail's hotel, dedicated on September 11, 1911, was Pueblo's grandest. It was designed by a local architect, J. M. Gile, and Robert S. Williams and Montana S. Fallis of Denver. The five-story, white brick Renaissance Revival building has a recessed central bay with an Ionic-columned and balustraded entry porch between bays with storefronts distinguished by stained glass transoms with V monograms. The foundation and parts of the building are concrete, while the Neoclassical trim is speckled terracotta, rising to a heavily dentiled and bracketed cornice and balustrade. After several decades of disuse, the monument was restored in 1984 by the Pueblo Housing Authority for use as assisted living housing, with the Pueblo County Historical Society museum and library in the basement. The main floor lobby still reflects the hotel's original elegance, most notably in the great Beulah red marble columns topped with hand-carved wooden scrolls.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Hotel Vail", [Pueblo, 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, 326-326.

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