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Headquarters and Visitors' Center

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1966, Taliesin Architects. 3 miles west of Estes Park on U.S. 34 (NRD)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

The Wrightian tradition as perpetuated by the Taliesin School lives in this unobtrusive, low-slung, flat-roofed structure of moss rock which wraps a Corten steel truss system enveloping the upper floor. A stamped Corten steel fascia tops the building, and the same material is used for balcony railings. The V-shaped stone buttresses harmonize with triangular steel sections. Moss rock panels form the interior walls of the auditorium and lobby. The $575,000 building was designed for the north side of the road, but a powerful park superintendent moved it to the south side, so visitors enter at the rear and rarely see the original facade.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


What's Nearby


Thomas J. Noel, "Headquarters and Visitors' Center", [Estes Park, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 238-238.

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