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Swede-Finn Hall

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1899. 1992, restoration, Mathew Allen. 472 W. Pacific Ave. (southeast corner of Townsend Ave.)

Finns who spoke Swedish as a result of Sweden's 700-year occupation of their country built this old-fashioned clapboard hall with double-pane sash windows and a hardwood floor. During Prohibition it became the Swede-Finn Temperance Hall. Restoration has left it a large, primitive hall whose beauty is in the fine wood-work, complemented by the streamlined classicism of the new cherry wood bar. Pacific Avenue between Townsend Street and Oak Street, the heart of the neighborhood once occupied by Finnish miners, still contains the Finn Town Flats (a boarding house) and Finn Hall, a meeting hall (1896), 440 West Pacific Avenue.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Swede-Finn Hall", [Telluride, 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, 586-586.

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