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Spruce Lodge

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1925. 29431 West U.S. 160

The owners of a local lumber mill built this boarding house for mill customers. Peeled logs form the two-story main lodge, which has a hipped roof and a two-story front porch. The porch is enclosed with large windows and raised, with a central wooden stairway and entrance. The lobby features a fireplace of glazed river rock. In the 1970s a two-story chalet building was built on the west, with a cross-gable roof and two large shed dormers to accommodate second-floor lodgings. The upstairs areas are reached by stairways and balconies set under the overhanging eaves. Unpeeled logs are used for rustic stick balustrades. The small cottage nearby, sided in vertical logs, is one of a few surviving mill worker homes.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Spruce Lodge", [South Fork, 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, 431-431.

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