Historic Resources of Marble, Colorado, and Vicinity
Marble was founded in 1881 as part of the effort to quarry the extensive marble deposits of the Yule Creek area in Gunnison County. The town developed into a transportation and processing hub for the local marble industry.
By the early 20th century, the area was one of the most significant marble quarrying regions in the country. Marble quarried there was used in hundreds of landmark buildings, structures and monuments throughout the nation, including the Lincoln Memorial, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the Washington Monument.
Prominent Denver examples of Yule Marble utilization include the State Capital, Cheesman Memorial, and the Immaculate Conception Cathedral. The development of the town, marble mining, and the related transportation system are the three areas of significance. (Cover documentation accepted by National Register in 1989.)
The 1910 building features many Craftsman-style elements, including its overhanging eaves, "elephantine" porch piers of marble, and nine-over-single paned windows. The school was built in response to a population increase related to the founding of the Colorado Yule Marble Company. After 1917, the company cut operations, and the population of Marble dwindled considerably.
Built circa 1908, the Marble Town Hall is significant for its Dutch Colonial Revival architectural features, and for its role in the development of the town of Marble. As many as ninety-one cottages were built in Marble in response to the housing shortage created by the establishment of the Colorado-Yule Marble Company in 1905.
Originally known as St. John’s Episcopal Chapel, the church was built in Aspen in 1886 by the Episcopal Missions of Western Colorado. In 1908, it was relocated to Marble and was renamed St. Paul’s Church. Two rooms were added to the rear of the building, and a belfry was added in 1911. The church is Marble’s only example of Gothic architecture and is an example of early religious structures of late 19th century mining communities in Colorado.