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  • Resource Number: 122
  • Historic Building Name: Schlesigner/Nichols/Shoup/Birdsall Residence
  • Current Building Name: Bain Residence
  • Address: 731 N. Cascade Ave.
  • Architectural Style: Late 19th and 20th Century Revivals/Italian Renaissance
  • Year Built: 1911
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    This two-story, brown brick house is representative of the large, architecturally distinguished houses erected along North Cascade during the early 20th century. Constructed in 1911 and considered Italian Renaissance in style, it features an asymmetrical façade with arched central bay and a stepped back entrance on the north.

    The earliest known occupants were Isadore & Sarah R. Schlesinger, affiliated with the contracting business of Schlesinger & Harlan. In 1931, the home was occupied by Oliver Henry Shoup Jr. and his wife Miriam P Shoup; the husband was the son of Colorado Governor Shoup.

    By 1941, this was the home of George G. and Mable Birdsall. George Birdsall served in the Colorado City fire department, as sheriff of El Paso County, founded the automobile dealership of Birdsall-Stockdale Motor Company, and served on City Council for 22 years, 14 of them as mayor. Acclaimed for his leadership in securing water resources and expanding City utilities, the North Nevada power plant was named in his honor in 1954. Currently, it is used to support All Souls Church. Locally significant.

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