Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

Spring 1998


Published in Great Plains Research Vol. 8, No.1, 1998. Copyright © 1998 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Used by permission.


This is the fifth in the ambitious Buildings of the United States series of guides to American architecture taken on by the Society of Architectural Historians and inspired by Nikolas Pevsner's classic series on the Buildings of England published between 1951 and 1974. Thomas Noel's fine if brief introductory overview of Colorado's historical and architectural legacy provides the context for understanding the selected buildings. The book is clearly organized into four sections based on the state's major river regions- South Platte, Arkansas, Rio Grande, and Colorado; each region is introduced with a description of its historical development and a key map. Counties and towns with their own descriptive histories further subdivide these sections. The catalog of significant buildings contains detailed identifications including current and historical names, dates, architects or builders, and addresses, along with informative and entertaining commentary.