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Palace Hotel

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1896. 1993, David M. Barber. Southwest corner of Bennett Ave. and 2nd St.

After a wooden predecessor was dynamited to create a fire break during the 1896 fires, this three-story, red brick hotel with sandstone trim and a frame porch was erected as a replacement. Above the storefronts the eighteen-room hotel has round-topped windows and a bracketed metal cornice.

The Palace had been boarded up for several years when the Lays family bought it for $55,000 and reopened it in 1977. The hotel houses a restaurant, a casino (1993), summer vaudeville, and, according to one of the owners, a ghost—a feminine apparition believed to be Kitty Chambers, owner of the hotel from 1908 to 1918, who died in room 3.

Writing Credits

Author: 
Thomas J. Noel
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Thomas J. Noel, "Palace Hotel", [Cripple Creek, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/CO-01-TL13.

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 333-333.

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