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Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center

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1972, Hurtig, Gardner and Froelich. 210 N. Santa Fe Ave.
  • (Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

Built into the west side of Goat Hill, where Italian immigrants once lived and raised goats for milk and cheese, this acrobatic two-building complex is dramatically Modernist. Raw concrete in graceful curves and angles gives it power and substance, while richly colored red-orange bricks relate to the nearby landmarks in one of the oldest parts of town. Funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration and the Pueblo County Commissioners, the center embraces a 7,000-square-foot conference facility, a 500-seat theater, a dance school, the Three Peaks Gift Shop, and a children's museum. Four galleries and the Francis King Collection of southwestern art make it the focal point of the fine arts in southeastern Colorado. Despite its massive size, the center beautifully captures the warmth, earth tones, and irregular shapes of the southwestern landscape.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center", [Pueblo, 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, 315-316.

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