Dora Moore Elementary, at City-DataThis weekend, I'm heading home. Home = Denver, Colorado, for all you not in the know. Even though I'll only spend about 47 seconds there before I leave on a road trip to the Grand Canyon, I'm still pondering all the places, comforts, smells, and smothered burritos that, for me, define HOME.
Many people may bring up the Cash Register building, when highlighting Denver architecture, but there is one building that comes to the forefront of my mind when I think of all the bricks and mortar that Denver has to offer. That building is Dora Moore Elementary School.
Dora Moore, 2008 House TourI spent about six years roaming these halls, trailing my "grubby biscuit hooks" down the wooden stair rails and ingesting the smell of glue and pencil shavings. When I was there, I was probably more concerned with penmanship and the careless glances of boys, and I certainly didn't appreciate my time there. But I, like, sure do now.
After brief research, I found out that the building was designed by Robert S. Roeschlaub in 1889 and is considered to be his architectural opus. I remember when, in 1993, the building was restored and an addition was constructed. Folks 'round the hood were nervous but, I believe, the added space retained/didn't mess with the integrity of the structure. In fact, Dora Moore was the first school to become a local landmark and I am proud to say that I learned my ABC's in this beautiful space.
So proud, in fact, that I recently bought a school pride T-shirt (which I never do) and wore it to my 32nd birthday/bowling party.
For these reasons, I, Cardboard, declare this a Design Boner.