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  • Resource Number: 81
  • Historic Building Name: Perkins-Shearer Co.
  • Current Building Name: Mister Neat's Formalwear/Colorado Baggage Company/Roger's Shoes
  • Address: 102 N. Tejon St.
  • Architectural Style: Late 19th and 20th Century Revivals/Classical Revival
  • Year Built: 1928
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    This building is associated with one of the city's longest operating clothing stores. The Perkins family began its clothing business in Colorado City in the 1860's relocating to Colorado Springs in 1872. In 1889 James P. Shearer entered the business. Perkins-Shearer occupied several buildings until erecting its own building here in 1928. Charles Thomas, who served one term as mayor of Colorado Springs, designed the building, which cost $150,000. Thomas was also involved with the City Auditorium (231 East Kiowa Street) and Shepard's Citations as member of Thomas and Sweet (420 North Cascade Avenue). Perkins and Shearer sold their firm in 1944, but a professional partnership they formed continues to own the building.

    The building is an example the Classical Revival style and is little changed from its original appearance. The building was set back further than usual from the sidewalk to give prospective customers room to view the display windows. Constructed of buff brick, the two-story building has terra cotta coping and parapets topped by scroll pediments above the entrances on the east and south walls. Other significant architectural features include the elaborately detailed entrances and the balcony on the south wall. National Register eligible.


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