Resource Number: 60Historic Building Name: Mining Exchange BuildingCurrent Building Name: Mining Exchange Building/Vista BankAddress: 8 S. Nevada Ave./127-29 E. Pikes Peak Ave.Architectural Style: Late 19th and 20th Century Revivals/Italian RenaissanceYear Built: 1900-02
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This five-story, 1902 building was constructed by Winfield Scott Stratton, the Cripple Creek millionaire and civic benefactor, to house the Colorado Springs Mining Exchange and promote regional mining companies and their stock. It is regarded as the most substantial and intact building associated with Stratton that remains. As mining ebbed in importance to the region, the building became popular with inventors, insurance companies, railroads and accountants, engineers and lawyers, and remains a prominent business building. The first structure in the city to rise above four stories, the Mining Exchange was also the first fully fireproof office building.
Extensive ornamentation contrasts well with the buff-colored St. Louis pressed brick walls. The building's Italian Renaissance style compliments the adjacent Independence Building, (121 East Pikes Peak Avenue), also erected by Stratton. The building was constructed with two Otis elevators, marble lavatories and multiple vaults.
The original walls at the ground floor were gray granite, but were covered with the existing Italian marble panels in a 1963 remodeling project. The architect was T. E. Linn and the builders were Roberts and Bishoff, who also constructed the Cheyenne Building at 2 East Pikes Peak Avenue and the adjacent Independence Building. National Register eligible.