Resource Number: 164Historic Building Name: The Crescent/Crescent ApartmentsCurrent Building Name: Graystone ManorAddress: 2 Boulder Crescent St.Architectural Style: Late 19th and Early 20th Century American Movements/Prairie StyleYear Built: 1913
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This long, rectangular apartment building is significant for its representation of the rare Prairie style in Colorado Springs. Elements of this style reflected in this building include the flat roof, asymmetrical façade, massive square piers with decorated tops supporting the porch roofs, the horizontal decorative emphasis provided by the parapet in a Native American motif and the stained glass windows. The building's design anticipates the Pueblo Deco style, which featured Native American ornamental motifs and angular construction. The Ute Theater (demolished) was the city's best example of the style.
The building was probably constructed about 1914. Owner and builder Frank E. Johnson was likely the designer. Johnson was the president and manager of the Newton Lumber and Manufacturing Company, serving from 1887 to 1915. Johnson also built the Gladstone Apartments (10 Boulder Crescent Street), along with about fifty houses. National Register eligible.