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San Juan County Courthouse

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1907, James Murdoch. 1567 Greene St. (Courthouse Square)

A gold-colored dome crowns this Georgian Revival monument, sited on a grassy square block shared by the San Juan County History Museum and the San Juan County Historical Society Archives and Research Center (1994). On the courthouse lawn is a monument imbedded with ore specimens from fifty-one local mines. Native gray sandstone was used for the foundation as well as the trim of this two-story structure of pressed gray brick, capped by a square tower with an elongated, open bell cupola. Paired Doric columns of cast stone support the entry porticos. The interior is pristine, with the original hexagonal tile mosaic floors, oak wood-work, high ceilings, signage, fixtures, and a treasury of maps showing mining claims and the original town plat.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


What's Nearby


Thomas J. Noel, "San Juan County Courthouse", [Silverton, 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, 563-563.

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