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Holly Schools Complex

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1922–1964, various architects. 200 block of N. Main St.

Buildings housing the town's school system, elementary through high school, comprise works designed by notable Colorado architects over a period of forty years. The Elementary School (1922, Mountjoy and Frewen) is a good example of that Denver firm's Neoclassical design and symmetrical planning, although it has lost its protruding cornice. Its raised interior hallway sits above a novel concrete ventilation duct running the long axis of the building, which draws air in through roof vents and windows and exhausts it through ports at the sides. The Community Gymnasium (1939, WPA) has lower wings with stepped parapets at either end of a tall, gabled central portion. The native stone walls are smooth blocks, with rounded corners beside the entrances. The Anna Bryce School (1957, C. Francis Pillsbury) houses classrooms and administrative offices in a single-story International Style building of light brick, also by a Denver architect. The newest building is the Junior-Senior High School (1964, Nixon and Jones), conceived by Boulder architects as a group of bermed polygonal pods connected to a central gymnasium by glass-walled corridors.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Holly Schools Complex", [Holly, 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, 386-387.

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