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Cragmor Sanatarium, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

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1914, Thomas MacLaren. Austin Bluffs Pkwy. and Meadow Lane

Today's campus for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is built around the deluxe tuberculosis sanatarium known as the “asylum of the gilded pill.” This state-of-the art sanatarium and its many wealthy patients did much for the local economy before it closed in 1964. The three-story structure was donated to the university as an administration building. It is of uncoursed, stuccoed stone with a flat roof, four corner towers, and high parapets to provide privacy for the roof-top sun deck. Pyramidal tower roofs echo the hipped roofs of enclosed multi-story bays that were once open sleeping porches. The old landmark rises above the 400-acre campus of many large, newer horizontal brick and concrete structures.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel

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