DEL NORTE— It was two years ago on May 15, 2016 that local architect Mark M. Jones succumbed to Hantavirus, “A Legend Taken Too Soon.” Jones was honored as “Citizen of the Year 2012” for his 14 years of donated time as architectural and project manager in the restoration of the Windsor Hotel in Del Norte. Along with his many area restoration projects, Jones designed new homes, banks, office, community and county buildings. As he is remembered, it’s timely to list his more than 50 design and restoration projects in the area.
After a full career capped off as director of facilities planning management at Stanford University, Jones “retired” and opened a small architecture office in 1997 at 1085 Grand Ave, Del Norte, with architect Mark Kolb. It was known as “Jones and Kolb.” After Kolb passed away in 2000, the office became “Mark M. Jones Associates.” Jones’ most recent office was in one of his five historically restored professional buildings adjacent to the Windsor Hotel. As this list reveals, he was a very versatile and productive architect right up to his untimely end.
Following is a list of the Jones’ major design and restoration projects in chronological order 1998-2016: Bach residence, Creede; Beal residence, Beaver Mountain, South Fork; Vista Water Treatment Plant, Pagosa Springs; Surovik residence, South Fork; San Luis Valley Information Center, Monte Vista; Monte Vista Downtown Improvement Project; Monte Vista Cemetery chapel; Best Western Alamosa lobby; Rio Grande Hotel/Creede Repertory Theatre and apartments; Creede D&RGW Railroad Depot, San Rafael Church; Mogote Cemetery Chapel; La Capilla de San Juan Bautista; Boys and Girls Club of San Luis Valley Alamosa (pro bono); Alamosa train pavilion; Alamosa Multi-Purpose Building; City of Alamosa Family Recreation Center; Saguache Museum history park addition; Mark Jones home on San Francisco Creek; San Luis Valley Rural Electric Cooperative, Monte Vista; The Stilwell Building, Durango; St. Thomas Episcopal Church restoration, Alamosa; Rooney residential addition and remodel, Monte Vista; Paul Sugnet residence, Durango; Jack’s Market, Monte Vista, Gateway Church entry; Del Norte; Del Norte Federal Savings & Loan new office, Del Norte; 1904 Stone Mansion restoration, Trinidad; Trinidad Tire Shop renovation; Corbin residence, South Fork; Windsor-Foote Commercial Block, Windsor Hotel (pro bono); Vance Sparks home remodel, Masonic Park; Conejos School District schoolhouse renovation and bus garage compliance; Rio Grande Water Conservation District office building, Alamosa; (5) Grand Ave professional office restorations, Del Norte; Wild West Wine renovation, Del Norte, Bootjack Ranch; Deer Lake Cabin, Archuleta; La Jara Athletic Park master plan, La Jara; 20 Birch Street residence design, Hathorne; Kids Connection design, Del Norte; Del Norte Bank, Creede remodel project.