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The completion of Ticknor Hall in 1897 tripled the amount of living space available to women students at Colorado College. The building's construction reflected the determination of President William Slocum to grow the college and improve its national reputation. Providing modern, attractive dormitories was part of his plan. Well maintained for more than a century, the hall is still a woman's residence.
Architects Douglas and Hetherington designed Ticknor to make the hall a social center as well as a residence. The building included a recreational club room, reception area, parlors, and a dining room. As the century closed, the extra-curricular program was seen to be a vital part of college life.
Money for the hall came from a young, wealthy Massachusetts woman who had come to Colorado Springs for her health and who, in the process, became acquainted with President Slocum. She was part of a huge immigration westward of Easterners with respiratory problems, particularly tuberculosis. Colorado Springs had been a tourist destination since its founding in 1870; health seekers became part of that industry well into the twentieth century.
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