Richardson Hall was named for the college's first president (1925–1950), Ira L. Richardson, who worked closely with William Bowman, a Denver architect. The original two-story Colonial Revival building, of red pressed brick with light-colored, cast stone trim, is topped by a domed octagonal tower of three stories. Richardson Hall, expanded by a south wing (1929) for an auditorium and gymnasium and a later north wing, initially housed the entire college and is still the administration building. The second-floor library, a large hall with a domed ceiling supported by exposed, arched trusses on Corinthian columns, has become the Luther E. Bean Museum, which holds notable southwestern and local collections.
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