Year Listed: 2007
County: Pueblo County
Construction Date: 1891
Threat When Listed: Demolition by Neglect – Vacant
The McLaughlin Block was built in 1891 in the Victorian Eclectic style with Romanesque features. The building was erected in dedication to Michael McLaughlin who died in 1888. Originally constructed as a multi-purpose building it contained a hotel and on the commercial area two saloons, two restaurants, a barbershop and a shoe shop. Before 1921, there was a garden level in the front of the building that was never unearthed after the flood later that year filled the area with mud and debris. This three-story building was a vital structure in Pueblo’s Union Avenue Historic Commercial District. The Union Avenue area was placed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.
The building continues to stand vacant; however, recent changes to Colorado’s historic preservation tax credit hope to ensure an opportunity for investment potentials with this significant building.