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Glen-Isle Resort

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1900. U.S. 285, 1.5 miles west of Bailey (NR)

Willis M. Marshall, president of the Central Bank of Denver, and some Denver partners bought a 160-acre tract and sent a crew of twenty-five men to build this lodge overlooking an island in the South Platte. Spared major remodeling, this rustic riverside resort has a three-story, slab log and shingle main lodge with a round, three-story corner tower. Split lodgepole pine logs laid vertically sheathe the lower exterior walls, with square shingles above. Unpeeled logs likewise serve as trim and railings, while the windows have distinctive diamond panes. A broad, shedroofed veranda wraps three sides of the lodge, with log furniture from which guests may survey the North Fork of the South Platte River cascading through the front yard or towering evergreen trees shading a log gazebo. Outlying cabins have similar vertical slab and shingle exteriors under forest-green composition roofs. Inside the main lodge, the dining room has a high, beamed ceiling and central fountain with a trout pond.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Glen-Isle Resort", [Bailey, 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, 217-217.

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