Boulder High SchoolC.W. Short and R. Stanley-Brown. "Public Buildings: A Survey of Architecture of Projects Constructed by Federal and Other Governmental Bodies Between the Years 1933 and 1939 with the Assistance of the Public Works Administration." (1939).
A new high school, funded by FERA, was built in 1936-37 to replace an obsolete structure built in 1895 for a much smaller number of students. The design is Streamline Moderne (Art Deco) and one of the architects was Glen Huntington, the builder of the noted Art Deco Boulder County Courthouse. The exterior facade is done in the same local “Colorado Red” stone as buildings on the University of Colorado campus. The project cost $550,500. The original interiors of the auditorium, cafeteria and old gymnasium are intact. The nude bas-relief sculptures of “Wisdom and Strength” over entrance were controversial at the time; students call them Minnie and Jake.
Parts of the school were renovated or expanded in 2008. The changes include two remodeled wings, a new gymnasium, a remodeled central courtyard, and a bigger backstage area for the auditorium. The additions have flagstone facades and are hard to tell from the original. (Anyone who can help identify the additions in our photographs, please leave a comment!)
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C.W. Short and R. Stanley-Brown. "Public Buildings: A Survey of Architecture of Projects Constructed by Federal and Other Governmental Bodies Between the Years 1933 and 1939 with the Assistance of the Public Works Administration." Wikipedia
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