Felter Building
518 – 520 Main Street

Lyman W. Felter contracted this 1898 building at a cost of $10,000. Architect was Hodges & Scott with builder C.M. Ward and stonework done by Kober & Sells.  This two-story brick building had a front of red stone with white stone near the roofline and a decorative tin metal eagle. Remodeled in 1983, it now has a lower façade faced with pink sandstone
and the eagle is gone. The original stonework came from the local Harding Quarries, the brick walls from Cañon Brick & Tile Company.

Felter’s first tenant was Dickinson’s Grocery who had money troubles, so Felter moved his Gent’s Furnishings into the 518 location in 1900, closing in 1972. Other later tenants were Tami’s Café, My Brother’s Place and the Fremont National Bank. The Felter families lived upstairs which was later occupied by the Mary Simmons Business School.

520 Main Street began as Watson & Combs Hardware in 1900, then a succession of hardware stores ending with Kissinger Hardware in 1964 when Rocco Freda’s Men’s Shop and Fashion Tailors became occupants.

Landmarks on the Cañon City Tour