Center of Southwest Studies

Fort Lewis College

Durango, Colorado

As part of the Cultural Arts Complex, the 39,000 SF Center of Southwest Studies serves as both a museum and a research facility for the College and the public. The Center offers an interdisciplinary southwest curriculum drawing from courses in anthropology, art, literature, history, and sociology, and the gallery space allows for both permanent and temporary exhibits. The College's Department of Anthropology, with the necessary laboratory, classroom and lecture hall spaces, is also housed in the Center. In the foreground of the complex is an Anasazi archeological site, which will remain preserved for future research. The architecture of the complex was designed to reflect the vernacular of the College campus, incorporating native stone and low, sloping roofs. klipp, a division of gkkworks, provided architectural services for this project.


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