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Roma Bar

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1880s. 133 E. Colorado Ave. (northwest corner of Spruce St.)

One wild night, some think, the jam-packed Roma Bar fell into the basement. Actually it was carefully moved downstairs piece by piece, allowing a much higher roof and atrium to capture some of the barroom racket. Supposedly the rubblestone basement walls conceal a tunnel to nearby St. Patrick's Church, dug to supply the Roma with sacramental wine during Prohibition. An 1860 Brunswick-Balke-Collender carved walnut back bar with 12-foot French mirrors graces this lively tavern. The round arches of the bar mirrors are reflected in new wall mirrors, which help to visually enlarge the tiny, crowded space.

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Author: 
Thomas J. Noel
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Thomas J. Noel, "Roma Bar", [Telluride, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/CO-01-SM14.

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 589-589.

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