Colorado Mid-Century Modern Schools


Thursday, September 14th
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Wasson High School
Mini Auditorium
Colorado Springs,
1 CM Pending
Free Event
The Center of Preservation Research (CoPR), a research center within the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado Denver (UCD), will present findings of the Colorado's Midcentury Modern Schools project. The project was undertaken by UCD researchers to raise awareness of the historical and architectural significance of Colorado’s midcentury schools (those built between 1946 and 1970). Colorado Springs was identified as having a number of exceptional examples of midcentury schools, among them Roy J. Wasson High School. Sharing the information they have gathered and the tools they have developed is essential to the success of the project. The presentation will highlight the key architectural and educational features of midcentury schools, provide context on their development, and discuss their significance. For those that come away from the presentation with awakened interest in learning more, CoPR has also produced a historic context document that examines the architectural evolution of school design in Colorado as well as a digital publication geared towards general audiences to serve as a visual guide to midcentury architecture and the trends that shaped their design.
Angela Smelker
Research Assistant, Center of Preservation Research
Angela Smelker has been a part of the Center of Preservation Research (CoPR) team since her recent graduation from the University of Colorado Denver’s Master degree program in Historic Preservation. The Center of Preservation Research is a university research center dedicated to the study, preservation and sustainable use of the built environment and cultural landscapes. As part of the College of Architecture and Planning (CAP) at the University of Colorado Denver (UCD), we focus on place, preservation, education, and research. Through education and scholarship, our exploration of the past for application in the present provides a basis for future sustainable preservation. Angela’s experience ranges from the non-profit and public sectors, from city landmark design review and landmark processes, reconnaissance and intensive-level surveys, and National Register nominations. Angela’s recent focus has been on documenting and creating tools to help preserve and raise awareness of Colorado’s mid-century modern schools. Other projects in Colorado include a case-study analysis on Colorado Preservation, Inc’s Endangered Places Program, and serving as a research assistant for the Discover Denver Program, a citywide survey focused on identifying the buildings that help tell Denver’s story.
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