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Stone Quarry Building

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c. 1876. North side of Grande Ave. (U.S. 160), west of Columbia St.

Rhyolite from several local quarries is showcased in the exterior and interior walls of this two-story edifice, which once housed the offices of U.S. Senator Thomas Bowen. The otherwise flat-roofed structure has gable ends for a barrel-vaulted back room. Thick stone walls create three distinct 14-foot-high storefronts, now modified, with a west section not built until 1913. Over the storefronts is an intact, dressed stone second story with tall, shallow-arched windows. Besides shops, the building now houses a bed and breakfast inn that incorporates a former barbershop, a small adobe house, and an adobe wall with old gates from Taos, New Mexico, to form a courtyard in back.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


What's Nearby


Thomas J. Noel, "Stone Quarry Building", [Del Norte, 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, 426-426.

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