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Regis Jesuit High School

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1991, David Owen Tryba. 16300 E. Weaver Place

This Post-modern monument atop a hill is a pageant of striped and checkered masonry, glass squares, and mullioned windows. A pedimented chapel with abstract campanile, modeled after St. Clara's Church in Assisi, dominates the 94,000-square-foot school. David Owen Tryba, one of Denver's best young architects, designed a medievalish village consisting of a classroom wing, rotunda library, and gymnasium, organized around a formal courtyard. Narrow pilasters project from the convex exterior of the library rotunda, and protruding ribs in the chapel's gable roof meet buttresslike piers in the upper walls, providing vertical tension. Horizontal stripes of dark brown and tan brick relate to the surrounding prairie as well as to the Italian church that inspired Tryba.

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Author: 
Thomas J. Noel

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