Cañon City in Fremont County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
National Register: #5FN 573
Date of Construction: 1882-1883
Builder: Frederick A. Raynolds
Architecture: Gothic Revival
Housed: Raynolds Bank
The Handy & McGee Mercantile Store
Known as the "Ornament of Canon City,” the building's facade is in "broken ashlar” style or pink-hued stone from Castle Rock, Colorado. The limestone foundation was laid by L.A. Allen and quarried at the nearby penitentiary. Lancet windows and the recessed corner entrance, accented by a gable roof hood flanked by columns, are prominent features. The outstanding corner tower, embracing the words "Raynolds Bank,” gives a medieval feeling to the structure. The tower, removed in 1924, was restored by Wes Carhartt in 1982.
Mr. Raynolds was a pioneer in the mining industry in Leadville and Cripple Creek. He became the youngest bank president in the U.S. at the age of 26, and owned a financial empire of seven banks in the mining-boom days of Colorado.
This building housed Mr. Raynold's Fremont Bank until 1921. The second-floor has housed many law offices, including
Erected by Fremont/Custer Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1882.
Location. 38° 26.386′ N, 105° 14.526′ W. Marker is in Cañon City, Colorado, in Fremont County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and South Fourth Street, on the right when traveling east on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 330-332 Main Street, Canon City CO 81212, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 405 Main Street (within shouting distance of this marker); First People, Explorers & Settlers (within shouting distance of this marker); The Banana Belt of Colorado (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bustling Center for Trade, Transportation, and Tourism (approx. ¼ mile away); The Gold Belt Tour National Scenic Byway (approx. ¼ mile away); Lt. Zebulon Pike's Southwestern Expedition (approx. ¼ mile away); St. Cloud Hotel (approx. ¼ mile away); Hotel St. Cloud (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cañon City.
Also see . . . An Interest in Banking. Biographical sketch of Frederick Raynolds, by Royal Gorge Regional Museum and History Center. (Submitted on July 18, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
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