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Cossitt Hall

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Institution Name: Colorado College
Original/Historic Place Name: Cossitt Hall
Location on Campus: 906 N. Cascade Ave.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1914original construction Biscoe, Maurice
ca. 2000remodeled Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Materials:
Foundation: stone
Walls: ignimbrite (Colorado volcanic rock)
Roof: Vermont slate (original); composite shingle of asphalt and fiberglass (current)
 
    Function:
ca. 1914auditorium (amphitheater)
ca. 1914dining hall
ca. 1914outdoor space (amphitheater)
ca. 1914theater (amphitheater)
ca. 1914-present (2007)administration (offices, student services)
ca. 2004-present (2007)other (dance studios)

Significance: architecture, education, history
Landmark designation:
National RegisterFrederick H. Cossitt Memorial Hall (1997)
Narrative: see below
References: see below
 

Narrative:
The construction of Cossitt Hall came at a time when liberal arts colleges' were intensifying their efforts to provide a "well-rounded" experience for students, which included health, fitness, and intramural sports. Cossitt thus changed--and greatly improved--life for men at Colorado College. Most were still living off campus when Cossitt opened in 1914, at a time when athletic and recreational facilities were almost non-existent. The new hall met these needs and offered other amenities as well: a lounge, dining hall, and an unusual outdoor amphitheatre that could be used for drama, pep rallies, gymnastics, and various assemblies.

The realized Cossitt Hall added to the prestige and power of President William Slocum, the college's longest-tenured head (1888-1917) and a man credited with the impressive growth and many improvements of the college. His accomplishments were reflected in an ambitious capital program, including Cossitt Hall, the final building of his presidency.

Cossitt Hall has been in continual use since its construction. Renovations in recent years have helped adapt the building to new uses, including student activities and the academic dance program.
 

References:
I. Bibliographic sources:

Abbott, Carl, Stephen J. Leonard, and David McComb. Colorado: A History of the Centennial State. Boulder, CO: Colorado Associated University Press, 1982.

Abele, Deborah. Downtown Historic and Architectural Intensive Survey. Report. City of Colorado Springs, 1985.

Brettell, Richard. Historic Denver. Denver, CO: Historic Denver, 1979.

Buildings of Colorado College, Past and Present. 1984. Revised 1988, 1991, 1996. Special Collections. Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO. http://www.coloradocollege.edu/Library/Specialcollections/ColoradoCollege/Buildings.html

Dober, Richard. Campus Design. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1992.

Dober and Associates, Inc. The Colorado College Planning Study. [s.l.: s.n.], 1983.

Educational Facilities Laboratories. Bricks and Mortarboards: a Report from Educational Facilities Laboratories on College Planning and Building. [New York]: Educational Facilities Laboratories, 1963.

"Frederick H. Cossitt Memorial Hall," National Register report (1997).

Freed, Elaine. Preserving the High Plains and Rocky Mountains. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press, 1992.

Fuller, Timothy, ed. This Glorious and Transcendant Place. Colorado Springs, CO: Colorado College, 1981.

Hershey, Charlie Brown. Colorado College, 1874-1949. Colorado Springs, CO: Colorado College, 1952.

Langford, Roy. "The Buildings of the Colorado College." Revised manuscript. 1994. Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO.

Larson, Paul Clifford, and Susan M. Brown, eds. The Spirit of H. H. Richardson on the Midland Prairies: Regional Transformation of an Architectural Style. Minneapolis, MN: University Art Museum, University of Minnesota, 1988.

Loeffler, Bruce. Recapturing the Past: Envisioning the Future. Exhibition panels. Special Collections. Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO.

Loevy, Robert D. Colorado College: A Place of Learning 1874-1999. Colorado Springs, CO: Colorado College, 1999.

Lucas, Andrea J., and R. Laurie Simmons. Historic Resources of Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado. National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Documentation Form. Washington, DC: U. S Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1997.

Main Street Design. Design Guidelines: North Weber/Wahsatch Historic District/Prepared for the City of Colorado Springs and the Comprehensive Planning Division, Planning, and Development by Main Street Design. [Colorado Springs, CO]: Main Street Design, 1990.
Manning Architects, John Prosser Architects, and Winter and Company. Colorado College: Historic Preservation. [New Orelans, LA and Denver, CO: Manning Architects, John Prosser Architects, and Winter and Company], 1993.

Michaud, Ellen C. "Alone on the Prairie." Colorado Magazine 4 (1983): 2-17.

Noel, Thomas J. Buildings of Colorado. Society of Architectural Historians, Buildings of the United States series. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Olmsted Brothers Landscape Architects. Plans for planting and grading at Colorado College. [Brookline, MA: Olmsted Brothers Landscape Architects], 1924.

Reid, J. Juan. Colorado College: The First Century, 1874-1974. Colorado Springs, CO: Colorado College, 1979.

Reps, John W. Cities of the American West: A History of Frontier Urban Planning. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University, 1979.

Riley, Gresham. The Colorado College--An Informal History. New York: Newcomen Society in North America, 1982.

Sprague, Marshall. Colorado: A Bicentennial History. New York: W. W. Norton, 1976.

Sprague, Marshall. Newport in the Rockies: The Life and Good Times of Colorado Springs. Denver, CO: Sage Books, 1961.

Thompson and Rose Architects. Recapturing the Commons: The Colorado College Campus Master Plan: A Vision Through the Year 2025. Report. [Somerville, MA: Thompson and Rose Architects], 1995.

II. Location of other data:
University: Library, Special Collections, Facilities Management Office
SHPO
Government Offices
 

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