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Fairplay Hotel

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1922. 500 Main St.
  • (Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

A replacement for two earlier hotels that both burned, this two-story clapboard and shingle inn has a concrete base clad in cobblestone that rises, as pillars of a nowenclosed front porch, into roof parapets. The dark wood interior is brightened by large, square, six-over-one windows. Squeaky floors reveal the presence of visitors in the venerable parlor, upstairs bedrooms, dining room, and the Silver Heels Saloon. The latter has cast iron swivel barstools and a brass rail at a pilastered front bar with Adamesque trim. Half of a mahogany back bar, made in St. Louis by Brunswick in 1883, has Corinthian capital columns and an Adamesque frieze below the classical cornice. The saloon's huge cobblestone fireplace is decorated with a bull's head in honor of the county's cattle ranchers.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


What's Nearby


Thomas J. Noel, "Fairplay Hotel", [Fairplay, 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, 214-214.

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