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Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center 1991-1993

Former owner:
Penrose, Spencer 1865-1939
Penrose, Julie
Architect:
Meem, John Gaw 1894-1983
Physical description:
1 folder+ 8 35 mm. slides
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Colorado, El Paso County, Colorado Springs
Colorado
Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
Date:
1991
1991-1993
Notes:
In 1919 the home of Spencer and Julie Penrose became the Broadmoor Art Academy. It was razed for an elaborate new cultural center, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, designed by John Gaw Meem, which opened in 1936. The innovative design of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (CSFAC) brought national and international recognition and established Meem as the Southwest's leading architect. The CSFAC was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. Its sculpture garden is an integral part of the building's overall design and rests on the site of the former Penrose gardens.
Persons associated with the property include: Julie and Spencer Penrose (former owners); and John Gaw Meem (architect, 1932-1936).
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets, a 1969 design for the sculpture garden, photocopies of book excerpts about the museum and its grounds, and a 1987 list of works of art found in the sculpture garden.
Publications:
Garden has been featured in Colorado Spring Fine Arts Center: A History and Selections from the Permanent Collections (Colorado Springs: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 1986)
Garden has been featured in Pikes Peak Vision: The Broadmoor Art Academy, 1919-1945 (Colorado Springs: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 1989)
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
CO018000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

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