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Montoya House

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c. 1864. 16095 U.S. 160

This large adobe house behind a willow windbreak began as the small store and rear living quarters of pioneer Luis Montoya, a successful sheep rancher. With the addition of a large dance hall, now the living room, and separate living quarters for residents and visitors, the house became a social club. The rambling, multigable roof reveals the gradual expansion of the building, which also encloses a well and a former courtyard. A glazed sun porch has been added to the west wall, and a potato cellar east of the house has been converted to an earth-sheltered dwelling.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Montoya House", [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, 427-427.

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