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St. Nicholas Hotel (St. Nicholas Hospital)

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St. Nicholas Hospital
1898. Northwest corner of 3rd St. and Eaton Ave.

During Cripple Creek's heyday, the Sisters of Mercy opened this hilltop hospital, built in the Italian Villa Style of red brick with stone trim and a two-story, columned entry porch. One of the sisters is said to have directed construction of the three-and-one-half-story building, which incorporated steam heat, electricity, and a surgery department. One of the twenty-six hospital rooms was elegantly furnished by mine owner Albert E. Carlton for his employees. After the nuns left in 1925, several doctors operated this as a private hospital until 1960, then sold it to the county for $1. In the 1980s it became the St. Nicholas Hotel, with a Celtic cross still atop the roof-top cupola.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "St. Nicholas Hotel (St. Nicholas Hospital)", [Cripple Creek, 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, 332-332.

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