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Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind

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1876. 33 N. Institute St.

Jonathan R. Kennedy persuaded Colorado's territorial legislature to establish this school by demonstrating the abilities of his three deaf children to the members. William Palmer donated the original 35-acre hilltop site, which grew to include a 200-acre farm. The buildings generally reflect styles popular for institutions in the period of construction, from no longer extant Italianate buildings to a Neoclassical administration building (1906, Charles S. Thomas. Most of the twentieth-century buildings are stone and/or brick and flirt with the Collegiate Gothic style. Lamar Kelsey went Modernist in his preschool (1967). G. Cabell Childress designed a Post-modern addition (1984) to Wark Auditorium (1922) that incorporates the distinctive stone trim, steep roofs, and parapeted gables characteristic of most structures on this handsome campus.

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Author: 
Thomas J. Noel

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