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Historic Schmidt Building changes hands, as Lorig's store closes for now

       The historic Schmidt Building has a new owner.
       Harold Fong and Martha Bartz bought the two-story brick structure at 2611 W. Colorado Ave. from Scott Roney and Jo Nelson in March.
      
The Schmidt building is shown in a photo from 2012.
Westside Pioneer file photo
Roney and Nelson own the 85-year-old Lorig's western-clothing business, which they had run in Old Colorado City since 2014.
       Dating back to 1904, the Schmidt Building consists of 5,732 square feet, according to the County Assessor's Office, with both floors taking up similar amounts of space.
       The future of Lorig's is not known. Attempts to reach Roney and Nelson were unsuccessful, but a note on the building's front door says that a new location is being sought.
       Fong said that he and his wife Martha have no immediate plans, although they are looking for tenants and considering renovations.
       “I like older historic buildings,” Fong said, when asked about the purchase. For the Schmidt site, “there are some opportunities to get it into a little better shape and do some interesting things.”
      
Jacob Schmidt reads a newspaper inside his bar in the early 1900s.
Courtesy of Old Colorado City Historical Society
The building is currently empty. In recent years, there have been various shops on the main floor, and a recording studio was on the second floor, Fong said.
       One possibility for the main floor would be a business that could bring “higher traffic” to the site, such as a coffee shop or brewpub, he said. Such might also lend itself to outside patio seating, he suggested, in what is now a grassy area just to the east, in front of a one-story, free-standing building set back from the avenue.
       Built in 1971, that area and building (technically 2609 W. Colorado) are also part of the Fong-Bartz property purchase.
       Together, the land on the two addresses totals 10,800 square feet.
       Fong and Bartz are real estate brokers; he's a former commercial appraiser. Also in Old Colorado City, they have owned the two-story Willard Building (dated 1900) at 2524 W. Colorado Ave. since the late 1970s, Fong said.
       The building at 2611 W. Colorado Ave. was initially a beer hall owned by Jacob Schmidt, during a time when Colorado City was known for its saloons. But Schmidt was forced to close when the town voted dry in 1913.

Westside Pioneer article
(Posted 4/26/17; Business: Changes)

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