A hallway in Lowell Elementary.

National and State Register

Colorado's Mid-Century Schools, 1945-1970

The historic context encompasses all school buildings constructed for K-12 public education. The MPDF examines historical trends shaping school construction and design, including the post-war baby boom, evolving Progressive educational philosophy, mid-century Modernism, suburban growth, and the Cold War. The MPDF is organized into two primary contexts: Education at Mid-Century and Building the Mid-Century School.

Colorado Preservation, Inc. completed a windshield survey of public school buildings in Colorado in 2010. A list of more than 750 buildings accompanies the document. More than seventy Colorado architects and firms active in mid-century school design were identified. The MPDF begins with the end of World War II when, following fifteen years of economic depression and conflict, school districts began constructing new schools. It ends in 1970 when the last of the Baby Boom generation (1946-1964) entered school. The context focuses on primary classroom buildings, which encompass classrooms, offices, gymnasium, auditorium, cafeteria, and library. Property types include school buildings and significance in the areas of education, social history, community planning and development, and architecture.

Cover documentation accepted by the National Register on 5/1/2017.