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Elks Lodge (Gold Mining Stock Exchange)

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Gold Mining Stock Exchange
1896, John J. Huddart and T. Robert Wieger. Northwest corner of E. Bennett Ave. and 4th St.

As if to reassure investors, this sturdy red brick and sandstone Romanesque Revival building radiates wealth and permanence. From a stone-arched, recessed entry a central bay rises above the sandstone cornice, dentils, and frieze to a prominent parapet. Ten years after it closed in 1903, the exchange became the Elks Club. The floor of the large, high-ceilinged exchange hall still contains electrical outlets for communications with exchanges in Colorado Springs, Denver, Chicago, and New York. The Elks maintain a bar, dining rooms, ballroom, and meeting rooms on the second floor and a grand hall and sleeping rooms on the third.

This stock exchange is a reminder that Cripple Creek was not a poor man's camp: mining by the 1890s had become big business, controlled largely by out-of-town capitalists, while the miners were reduced to $3-a-day drudgery. These economic circumstances are evident in the district's architecture, which is characterized by modest homes rather than mansions.

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Thomas J. Noel
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Thomas J. Noel, "Elks Lodge (Gold Mining Stock Exchange)", [Cripple Creek, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/CO-01-TL03.

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Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 331-331.

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