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Dobson Ice Arena

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1979, Everett Zeigel Architecture. 321 E. Lionshead Circle

This rink of glue-laminated timber and raw cement received a regional AIA award from a jury that praised its low, earth-sheltered profile, designed to reduce the bulk of the 40,000-square-foot structure. The columnfree interior accommodates a variety of events, as well as an Olympic-sized, year-round skating rink. It honors John A. Dobson, a Vermonter who built Vail's Covered Bridge Store and in 1966 was elected the town's first mayor. During his nine years in office, Dobson also wrote melodramas for the Vail Players, often poking fun at the town's problems and pretensions. The open space on Lionshead Circle contains a large bronze sculpture of children leaping in play by Colorado sculptor Susan Grant Raymond.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Dobson Ice Arena", [Vail, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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