Restaurant on South Oak Street
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Telluride, CO

Located within Telluride’s central Historic District, the restaurant at 221 South Oak Street offers guests an intimate setting and a warm atmosphere in a converted former residence.

The existing historic building had been listed as a “contributing structure,” supporting Telluride’s designation as a National Historic District in 1961. Two extensively deteriorated additions were removed, but the exterior of the original house was maintained. The scale and character of the new addition were designed to be sensitive to the original house and compatible with the surrounding neighborhood.

The house was moved temporarily to allow construction of a new foundation and basement. The two-story addition is separated from the house by a narrow “connector” element that clearly distinguishes it from the original historic structure. The upper floor of the addition houses a small residential unit.

At ground level, the addition opens out onto a south-facing porch and landscaped garden designed for outdoor dining.

Exterior finish materials for the addition were chosen to contrast those used on the original house, borrowing instead from the examples of sheds and other outbuildings in town.

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Completed: 1992
General Contractor: Croke Construction
Structural Engineering: Buckhorn Geotech
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