Quirky Attraction: Frank Lloyd Wright-Inspired Visitor Center in Colorado’s Rocky Mt. National Park

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Beaver Meadows Visitor Center

Location: Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado (Moraine Ave. / Park Entrance Rd.)
When to visit: Open 8 – 4:30 daily
Cost: Free
Time needed: 15-30 minutes
Website: www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/visitorcenters.htm

Looking for some Frank Lloyd Wright Colorado structures? This is the closest you’re going to get!

You don’t normally expect to see buildings of architectural significance in national parks, but Colorado has one such structure.

The Rocky Mountain National Park Administration Building at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center was built in 1967 by Taliesin Associated Architects, a firm created by celebrated architect Frank Lloyd Wright to carry on his work after his death.

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The Frank Lloyd Wright Colorado Visitor Center Design

This visitor center is immediately recognizable as a building associated with Frank Lloyd Wright. The center bears Wright’s style of eye-popping angles and creative use of lines and shapes.

The building utilizes a lot of triangular geometric elements. Its sandstone exterior is surrounded by pine trees, lichens and bushes so it blends into the natural scenery of the park.

The designers also chose to use Cor-ten steel because the metal turns reddish-brown when it rusts, which again fits in with the surrounding landscape. Because of its connection to Wright, the site is designated as a National Historic Landmark.

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The toll booth for payment to enter Rocky Mountain National Park comes after the visitor center itself, so if for some reason you want to see the Frank Lloyd Wright building without paying to enter the park, you can do that. Don’t miss this quirky building if you visit the Rocky Mountains!

If you’re in search of more Frank Lloyd Wright Colorado buildings, there unfortunately aren’t any. Here’s the full list of Wright’s works. You can sort by state.

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Find a piece of Frank Lloyd Wright Colorado history at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center!

 

While Colorado doesn’t have any on the list, lots of states all around the country do. It’s amazing that his works are featured in states from Delaware to Idaho to Arizona to Mississippi to Oregon. But somehow nothing else in Colorado!

The majority of Wright’s works are in Illinois, the state where he lived and work. There’s also Fallingwater, the famous house in the woods in western Pennsylvania.

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While you’re exploring the area, make sure to look for the bighorn sheep in Rocky Mountain National Park. And drive over 12,000 feet elevation to check out Forest Canyon Overlook.

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9 Comments

  1. Mrs Wright actually chose the colors just before it was built. Mr Wright originally conceived this building prior to his death. Cool place to visit.

  2. The Cor-ten steel idea was a nice designer choice. Anticipating the rust effects of a particular material and then incorporating those into design is a creative choice.

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