National and State Register

Akron Gymnasium

Washington County

The Akron Gymnasium represents an important record of the federal relief programs administered in Colorado’s eastern plains during the Great Depression.

Akron Gymnasium in 2006.

Akron Gymnasium in 2006.

The construction of the building between 1938 and 1940 by the Works Progress Administration provided much needed employment in Washington County.  The combination auditorium / gymnasium, a common New Deal project, served the high school until 1964.  This large, multi-use building was also an important addition to the social life of Akron.  Eugene Groves, an established Denver architect recognized for his innovative use of concrete, designed the building.  The gymnasium with its striking domed concrete roof and skylights remains a notable modern landmark in Akron.  The property is associated with the New Deal Resources on Colorado’s Eastern Plains Multiple Property Submission.