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Cossitt Hall

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Institution Name: Colorado College
Original/Historic Place Name: Cossitt Hall
Location on Campus: 906 N. Cascade Ave.
Date(s) of Construction:
1914original construction Biscoe, Maurice
Designer: Maurice Biscoe
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, education, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: stone
Walls: ignimbrite (Colorado volcanic rock)
Roof: composite shingle of asphalt and fiberglass (originally Vermont slate)
ca. 1914auditorium (amphitheater)
ca. 1914dining hall
ca. 1914outdoor space (amphitheater)
ca. 1914theater (amphitheater)
ca. 1914-present (2006)administration (offices, student services)
ca. 2004-present (2006)other (dance studios)

The construction of Cossitt Hall came at a time when liberal arts colleges' were intensifying their efforts to provide a "well-rounded" experience for students, which included health, fitness, and intramural sports. Cossitt thus changed--and greatly improved--life for men at Colorado College. Most were still living off campus when Cossitt opened in 1914, at a time when athletic and recreational facilities were almost non-existent. The new hall met these needs and offered other amenities as well: a lounge, dining hall, and an unusual outdoor amphitheatre that could be used for drama, pep rallies, gymnastics, and various assemblies.

The realized Cossitt Hall added to the prestige and power of President William Slocum, the college's longest-tenured head (1988-1917) and a man credited with the impressive growth and many improvements of the college. His accomplishments were reflected in an ambitious capital program, including Cossitt Hall, the final building of his presidency.

Cossitt Hall has been in continual use since its construction. Renovations in recent years have helped adapt the building to new uses, including student activities and the academic dance program.


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