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Perry Mansfield Arts Campus

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1913, 1962. 40755 Routt County 36

Charlotte Perry and Portia Mansfield, two Smith College graduates who became dancers in New York City, founded one of America's oldest performing arts camps for young women in this semiwilderness area. On the wooded 88-acre campus students take courses in art, dance, music, theater, and recreation. The Julie Harris Theater (1962, Willard Sagel), named for one of the camp's most illustrious graduates, has some Wrightian hallmarks—a battered rubblestone base, bands of casement windows, and wide overhanging eaves converging in a prow. On this informal campus, dormitories, a general store, offices, and studios make up a quaint, in some cases dilapi-dated collection of slab, frame, and log buildings with corrugated metal roofs. The studios feature movable walls that open to catch summer light and breezes. Perry and Mansfield planned the 70-structure campus to blend into the surrounding aspen and evergreens, ordering contractors to spare every tree they possibly could.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Perry Mansfield Arts Campus", [Steamboat Springs, 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, 525-526.

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