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Van Briggle Pottery1

The century-old Van Briggle Pottery Company building is located southeast of the intersection of West Uintah Street and Glen Avenue in Colorado Springs, Colorado.2 From 1908 to 1968, the building operated as a pottery factory producing thousands of ceramic art and architectural pieces. The building faces south and is situated a short distance from the west bank of Monument Creek, adjacent to National Register-listed Monument Valley Park, a narrow designed landscape traversing the central part of the city presented to the citizens of Colorado Springs in 1907 by its founder, William Jackson Palmer. The pottery company site, intended to impress visitors and inspire workers, provides fine views of the park, creek, and mountain range to the west. Today, the property is owned by Colorado College, whose historic campus lies to the east; its Facilities Services Department occupies the pottery building. The building has projecting wings at each end of the facade that flank a central area originally planned for an open garden to artistically display pottery and now landscaped with sidewalks, plantings, and paved parking.3A tall red brick wall extends from the northwest corner of the building to the north, enclosing at the northwest corner a small rear courtyard landscaped with grass, bushes, and a pear tree. The college utilizes a large, fenced, asphalt-paved equipment yard with storage sheds north of the building. Across Glen Avenue to the west are a few small dwellings and another maintenance building associated with the college.