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Wyman Hotel (Wyman Building)

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Wyman Building
1902, Louis Wyman. 1371 Greene St. (corner of 14th St.)
  • (Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

Louis Wyman arrived in San Juan County in 1885 with fifteen burros and by 1900 had over a hundred pack animals, forty-five employees, and the county's largest freighting firm. Every month he bought nineteen boxcars of hay and grain and delivered some 1,500 tons of ore to the D&RG depot. To celebrate his burro-borne empire, he built this two-story corner building, of rosy-purple local sandstone from the Wyman Quarry on South Mineral Creek. The truncated corner entry rises to a parapet framing a bas-relief of a burro—a pet whose portrait Wyman carved himself. After serving as offices, a general store, and a lodge hall, the edifice had become a parking garage before restoration as the Wyman Hotel in the early 1990s by Donald Stott, who found original construction of 3-by-12 beams and 24-inch-thick stone walls, with skylights that could “stand up to the 21 feet of snow we get each winter in Silverton.”

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Wyman Hotel (Wyman Building)", [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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