Why these buildings?
The buildings were selected for their variety: some are architectural gems (Meredith and Ailman block, Palace Hotel), some don’t even exist (the Abraham Block). Some were chosen in part because of the person that built or occupied them, and others because of their interest and larger cultural value.
All buildings in a place tell stories. That story consists of an individual narrative for each structure and of an overall narrative. We have seen Bullard Street contain the essential parts of the mining industry, be a major commercial center for offices of professionals, give shelter to automobile agencies and groceries and movie theaters. That larger story, the overall narrative, can often be the one that “makes sense” of the present buildings.
The final selection was the availability of documented history that could be verified stories.