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Science Behind The Scenery Series Thursday Nights In RMNP

Back by popular demand, is the Thursday evening Science Behind The Scenery Series in the auditorium at Beaver Meadows Visitor Center in Rocky Mountain National Park. The programs begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Following is the remaining schedule for this summer:

August 14-The Architect of Record: Beaver Meadows Visitor Center. Interested in the unique architecture of the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center in Rocky Mountain National Park? This is your chance to learn more. On Thursday, August 14, at 7:30 p.m., Jim Lindberg, Assistant Director for the Mountain/Plains Office with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will elaborate on this wonderful National Historic Landmark. Grown from the principles of Organic Architecture espoused by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center reveals amazing design and innovation. Jim will give his presentation in the auditorium at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center.

The Beaver Meadows Visitor Center is the most visible and visited building in Rocky Mountain National Park. In 2001, the Secretary of the Interior designated the building a National Historic Landmark and the park hired E. Thomas Casey, the original architect from Taliesin Architects, to complete a historic structure assessment. Mr. Casey and his colleagues found that although the building was in overall good condition, several systems were failing or on the verge of failing. Noted problems included the heating-air conditioning system efficiency, the roof, and accessibility.

Based on the assessment, the park identified a need to rehabilitate the visitor center. It is considered one of the four most significant visitor centers constructed as a part of the National Park Service’s Mission 66 program.

In order to better understand the original design intent, the park partnered with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and interviewed Tom Casey. This oral history and several meetings that followed laid the foundation for both the rehabilitation and the long-term preservation of this important park resource. Jim Lindberg will elaborate on this interesting architectural history.

August 21-Climate Change in Rocky Mountain National Park. Park Research Coordinator Judy Visty, will present the potential impacts of climate change to the park’s ecosystems.
For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park please call (970) 586-1206.

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