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Teller County Sheriff's Office and Jail

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1901, Matthew Lockwood McBird. Southeast corner of W. Bennett Ave. and A St.

The county jail's steel-barred windows and stout orange brick walls atop a gray granite foundation discourage escapes. Neo-Romanesque touches include the round-topped windows and arched doorways, red sandstone trim, and the corbeled corner roof turrets. With an eye toward the likely expertise of the anticipated clientele, the city spent $25,759 for an interlocking pushbutton cell system and a steel cross-grid in the concrete floors, all of which remains. Some, including inmates of this antique prison, have suggested converting it to a gambling parlor. Matthew Lockwood McBird, the son of Denver architect Matthew John McBird, may also have designed buildings for the Woods brothers, who founded Victor. When replaced by a new facility in Woodland Park, this became a jail for sale.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Teller County Sheriff's Office and Jail", [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, 333-333.

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