Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
30 W Dale Street
Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, 80903
The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College is an arts center located just north of downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Alice Bemis Taylor funded the 1936 construction of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and provided a $400,000 donation for an endowment. It was built on property owned by the Broadmoor Art Academy. Constructed during the Great Depression, Taylor saw the project as a means of employment for unemployed laborers.
Taylor donated her extensive Indian and Hispanic art and her collection of 6,000 volumes of Americana.
The Fine Arts Center is a modern poured concrete Pueblo structure that integrates Southwestern, Art Deco and Classic architectural elements. It has one, two and, for the theatre fly tower, four stories. Within the building are galleries, art studios, performing art facilities including a 450-seat theater, a library, music room, museum shop and storage and office space. The murals on the exterior of the building were produced by Boardman Robinson and Frank Mechau. The auditorium includes three aluminum relief panels over the doors depicting Pueblo and Hopi Indian Kachina masks, all by noted Denver sculptor, Arnold Rönnebeck.
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