Name: Guggenheim Geography

Year Built: 1908

Architect: James Murdock             

Today: Home of the Department of Geography

Once Upon a Time: The building, which served as the Law School until 1958, was a gift from Senator Simon Guggenheim and was the first privately-funded building on campus. Located in the Norlin Quadrangle Historic District at CU, the building was donated to commemorate the birth of Simon and his wife Olga’s second son, George. In 2017, CU’s Board of Regents approved $24.7 million to renovate the Guggenheim Geography building.

Did You Know: Nearly identical buildings can be found on both the CSU campus in Fort Collins and the UNC campus in Greeley.


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Information and historic photos courtesy of CU Heritage Center; photo by Amanda Clark