The Kirk of Highland is built in the style of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture. This style of architecture can be seen in many churches. One of the characteristics of this style of architecture is the arched windows and door openings. You can clearly see this element at The Kirk of Highland not only in the large stained-glass windows and entry ways but also in the bell tower, it is decorated with long arched openings. This style was popular during the late 19th century during the silver boom her in Colorado. Other buildings built in this style around Denver include the Capital Hill Mansion, Iliff Mansion, and the Central Presbyterian Church.
Another distinct characteristic of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture is the rock-faced exterior and contrasting colors. These are the main elements on the exterior of The Kirk of Highland. In fact, the stone on the exterior is from local Colorado quarries from Colorado Springs and Castle Rock.
Don’t forget to check out The Kirk’s cornerstone that can be found on the front corner of the building!
Photo: Shanna M Photography