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"Guggenheim Hall at CSU (1910)" Fort Collins Favorite Tip by yooperprof

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  No Picassos or Pollocks here, alas
by yooperprof

Favorite thing: Another interesting building on the Colorado State U. campus is the attractive Guggenheim Hall. Originally used as a center for teaching Domestic and Fine Arts, the hall is now home to the Department of Construction Management.

Yes, Guggenheim Hall is named after one of "those" Guggenheims, the prominent Philadelphia/New York German/Jewish business and philanthropy family of the 19th/20 centuries. Simon Guggenheim (1867-1941) moved to Colorado and made a fortune here in smelting and refining. He also served as U.S. Senator from Colorado between 1907 and 1913, which is when this building was constructed. Simon was a middle child; his older brother Solomon was the billionaire whose art collection forms the core of the great Museum of Modern Art in New York City. A younger brother, Benjamin, went down on the "Titanic" in 1912. And his niece Peggy was the rather eccentric patron and art-lover who was a patron of Jackson Pollock and who created her own modern art museum in Venice.

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  • Written Jul 17, 2007
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