This two-story sandstone building was constructed as a commercial and residential space on Main Street. It has several common features of nineteenth-century commercial architecture and has been the location of several businesses throughout Lyons history.
This two-story building was constructed in the late 1890s. It is a simple two-story structure with a flat roof. It has a slightly recessed entryway and a decorative cornice at the roofline. The building was originally meant to be a general store as well as residential space. The first floor would have been the store, while the top floor would have been apartments.
During the late nineteenth century, the sandstone and limestone quarries were one of the two main industries in the town, the other being sanitariums. The General Store would have served the growing number of people who moved to the area for work or for health reasons. “The clean, cool air of the high plains and foothills, sunlight, good rich food, rest, and high altitude was thought to provide a cure for most respiratory diseases, especially pulmonary tuberculosis.”1 Edward Lyon’s daughter, Lillie Lyon Thorne, opened the Thorncroft Sanitarium with her husband Thomas J. Thorne.