John James Huddart (1856-1930), Architect

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Denver, Colorado, 1882-1930

DBA: John J. Huddart

John James Huddart was born in Preston, Lancashire, England on August 25, 1856. He was educated at Alston College, England, and graduated at the age of 19. He received training in England as an apprentice for J.C. Fill & Company and for Hayward Tyler Engineering Company. He also traveled to South America about this time and worked near Pernambuco, Brazil, where he designed a sugar refinery. After this, he moved to Jacksonville, Florida, and within a year had moved to Denver, Colorado.[8] He practiced in Denver first in 1882 and continued until his death in 1930.[5] He became well-known as a courthouse architect, producing at least eight courthouses in Colorado, along with more in other states.[8] He was married to Sarah J. Huddart, and together had one daughter, Viola. Huddart died in Denver in 1930.[2][3][4]

This page is a contribution to the publication, Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. See the format and contents page for more information on the compilation and page organization.

Deuel County Courthouse, 1915 (Nebraska SHPO)

Educational & Professional Associations

1882-1887: chief draftsman, F. E. Edbrooke & Company, Architects, Denver, Colorado.[5]

1887-1930: architect, Denver, Colorado.[2][4][5][a]

Buildings & Projects


Sugar Refinery (ca. 1875), Pernambuco, Brazil.[8]

Essex Building (1887), 17th & Arapahoe, Denver, Colorado.[8][d]

Bank Block (1889), Denver, Colorado.[8][d]

Creswell Mansion (1889), 1244 Grant St., Denver, Colorado.[8]

Gilmore house (1889), 2401 Emerson St., Denver, Colorado.[8]

Unnamed Terrace (1889), 2502-04 Clarkson St., Denver, Colorado.[8]

Big Chief Bottling Company (1889-1890), 1539 Platte St., Denver, Colorado.[8]

Kinneavy Terrace (1889-1890), 2700 Stout St., Denver, Colorado.[8]

Athelston Apartments (1890), Denver, Colorado.[8][d]

Huddart Terrace (1890), 625 E. 16th St., Denver, Colorado.[8]

Armstrong House (1890), 2707 Humboldt St., Denver, Colorado.[8][b]

Gross Barney Supply (1890), 1612 Wazee St., Denver, Colorado.[8][c]

Cole Lydon House (1890), 2418 Stout St., Denver, Colorado.[8]

Swift Building (1890), Pueblo, Colorado.[8]

Horwitz Building addition (1891), 1630 Blake St., Denver, Colorado.[8]

William L. Stevens House (1891), Denver, Colorado.[8][d]

Horwitz Building rebuild (1892), 1630 Blake St., Denver, Colorado.[8]

McClair Apartments (1892), Denver, Colorado.[8]

Residence (1892), 2149 High St., Denver, Colorado.[8]

Elks Lodge (Gold Mining Stock Exchange) (1896), E. Bennett Ave. and 4th St., Cripple Creek, Colorado.[8]

American National Bank (1901), Leadville, Colorado.[8]

Residence (1902), 256 Bannock St., Denver, Colorado.[8]

Hotel St. Regis (1905), 1540-44 Welton St., Denver, Colorado.[8][d]

Adams County Courthouse (1905-1906), 22 S. 4th Ave., Brighton, Colorado.[8]

Cheyenne County Courthouse (1908-1909), 51 S. First St., Cheyenne Wells, Colorado.[8]

St. Thomas Theological Seminary De Andreis House (1908) 1330 S. Steele St., Denver, Colorado.[8]

Washington County Courthouse (1908-1910), 150 Ash Ave., Akron, Colorado.[8]

Logan County Courthouse (1908-1910), Main St., Sterling, Colorado.[8]

Summit County Courthouse (1909-1910), 208 E. Lincoln St., Breckenridge, Colorado.[8]

Saguache County Courthouse (1910), 504 Fourth St., Saguache, Colorado.[8]

Elbert County Courthouse (1912), 751 Ute Ave., Kiowa, Colorado.[8]

Sterling City Hall (1912), 214 Poplar St., Sterling, Colorado.[8]

Akron High School (1915), Akron, Colorado.[8][d]

Filbeck Building (1917), 1527 Champa St., Denver, Colorado.[8]

Carnegie Library (1919), 120 Jefferson St., Monte Vista, Colorado.[8]

Queen of Heaven Orphanage (1920), 4825 Federal Blvd., Denver, Colorado.[8][d]

State Armory (1921), 300 Strong St., Brighton, Colorado.[8]

State Armory (1921), 363 Grand Ave., Delta, Colorado.[8]

Garden County Courthouse, 1921-1922 (Nebraska SHPO)

Deuel County Courthouse (1915), 718 3rd St, Chappell, Nebraska.[6] (DU02-001)

Garden County Courthouse (1921-1922), F & Main, Oshkosh, Nebraska.[7] (GD03-003)

State Armory (1922), 590 Yampa Ave., Craig, Colorado.[8]

Chappell High School (1922), Chappell, Nebraska.[1]

Lincoln County Courthouse (1923), 718 Third St., Hugo, Colorado.[8][d]

Edison Elementary School (1925), 3350 Quitman St., Denver, Colorado.[8]

Custer County Courthouse (1929), 205 S. 6th St., Westcliffe, Colorado.[8]

Fort Lupton Library (1929), 453 First St., Fort Lupton, Colorado.[8]


State Armory (n.d.), Brush, Colorado.[8]

State Armory (n.d.), Canon City, Colorado.[8]

State Armory (n.d.), Fort Collins, Colorado.[8]

State Armory (n.d.), Fort Morgan, Colorado.[8]

State Armory (n.d.), Greeley, Colorado.[8]

State Armory (n.d.), Fruita, Colorado.[8]

State Armory (n.d.), Lamar, Colorado.[8]

State Armory (n.d.), Manzanola, Colorado.[8]

State Armory (n.d.), Pueblo, Colorado.[8]

Arcade Building (n.d.), Denver, Colorado.[8]

Charles Boettcher House (n.d.), 1201 Grant St., Denver, Colorado.[8][d]

Paris Building (n.d.), Denver, Colorado.[8]

Mrs. M. Kittredge House (n.d.), Denver, Colorado.[8]

Gus Holmes Building (n.d.), Salt Lake City, Utah.[8]

Bank of Montrose (n.d.), Montrose, Colorado.[8]

School building (n.d.), Englewood, Colorado.[8]

School building (n.d.), Durango, Colorado.[8]


a. The 1910 U. S. Census lists him as an architectural engineer, Jefferson County, Colorado.[3]

b. This reference says "with Jacobson" [8]

c. This reference says possibly "with Jackson" or "with Jacobson." [8]

d. These projects are marked as demolished.[8]


1. Tom Kaspar, comp. Inventory of architectural records in the archives of Davis Fenton Stange Darling, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska. 1996. Nebraska State Historical Society, RG3748, Box 16.

2. 1920 United States Census, s.v. “John J. Huddart,” Denver, Denver County, Colorado, accessed through

3. 1910 United States Census, s.v. “John J. Huddart,” Berkeley, Jefferson County, Colorado, accessed through

4. 1900 United States Census, s.v. “John J. Huddart,” Denver, Arapahoe County, Colorado, accessed through

5. "Huddart, John James," Architects of Colorado - Biographical Series. Accessed June 18, 2016.

6. Barbara Beving Long, "Deuel County Courhouse," National Register of Historic Places Registration Form. (Des Moines, Iowa: Four Mile Research Company, November 8, 1989).

7, Barbara Beving Long, "Garden County Courthouse," National Register of Historic Places Registration Form. (Des Moines, Iowa: Four Mile Research Company, November 8, 1989).

8. Biographical Sketch assembled by Colorado Historical Society. Dale Heckendorn to Nebraska State Historical Society. Received January 20, 1998.

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “John James Huddart (1856-1930), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, June 18, 2016. Accessed, May 25, 2020.

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