False-front Storefront

Circa 1880-1893 in Aspen
Relatively few examples of false-front buildings survive. These structures are from the early settlement phase when wood was the primary construction material. The front created a facade that made a building appear larger and taller than it actually was, masking a gabled roofline. Cornice details and kickplate elements below the storefront windows also were created from wood.

Characteristics:

  • gable roof concealed behind false front
  • recessed entry
  • large glass display windows on first floor
  • simple bracketed cornices
  • painted wood lap siding
  • kickplate below display window
  • transom above display window
  • wood framing for doors and windows
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