This five-block pedestrian mall is enlivened with native trees, sculpture, grass-lined watercourses, and a playground. In a mix ranging from Italianate to Post-modern, older structures abut recent ones that, encouraged by the local preservation ordinance, emulate but do not necessarily copy their elders. Mall shops include the Aspen Block ( PT20.1, 1886) (NR), 301 South Galena, with an iron front, made by Keystone Ironworks in Kansas City, that rises to a corner tower with a sunburst and round arch inside an ornate pediment. Across the street, at 501 East Hyman, the Romanesque Revival Cowenhoven Block ( PT20.2; 1890) (NR) showcases Peach Blow sandstone in the Silver City's finest hand-carved facade.
The Woods Building ( PT20.3; 1887; 1959 rehabilitation, Fritz Benedict), 432 Hyman (northwest corner of Galena Street), is an early attempt at mixing old and new architecture. Benedict dressed up the old-timer with Neo-Victorian kickplates and transom windows as the front for a sunken mini-mall. Riede's City Bakery ( PT20.4; 1885) (NR), 413 East Hyman, is one of only two remaining frame false-fronted buildings downtown. At Mill and Hyman, architect Travis Fulton and sculptor Nicholas De Wolf, an electrical engineer who helped develop microwaves, have created a valveless, computerized fountain. A block away on Hopkins, William Lipsey's Sculpture Garden is an unusual infill project, using earthworks, a fountain, and sculpture to evoke the jagged mountainscape.
The Red Onion, formerly the Brick Saloon (
PT20.5; 1892, Thomas Latta, builder), 420 E. Cooper Avenue (NR), is an old-time