Colorado – Boulder: The Armory

Colorado – Boulder: The Armory
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The Armory, located at 934 Pearl Street, was built in 1898 to the Richardsonian Romanesque design of George Hyder. It was built by John Brierely, a successful local horticulturist and his sons, to house Company H of the First Colorado Infantry. Company H members, who drilled in the basement where a rifle range was located, participated in the Spanish American War in 1898 and in the Cripple Creek labor riots in 1903. The red brick and rusticated stone Armory’s large hall with its hardwood floors was also used for dances and basketball games. In 1918, the building was sold and operated as a laundry until 1971, when it was renovated as office space.

Pearl Street Mall is a four block pedestrain mall stretching along Pearl Street between 11th and 15th Streets, hosting a blend of locally-owned businesses, national chain stores and restaurants, and street buskers. The Pearl Street Mall was constructed starting in 1976 and officially dedicated on August 6, 1977. The design team consisted of three firms: CommArts, Inc., Everett Ziegel Associates, and Sasaki Associates.

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