The Cossitt Hall renovation was a challenge because the building is in near-constant use. Renovation priorities included keeping the historic architecture intact while improving the building’s energy efficiency; increasing accessibility; and making effective use of the building’s interior spaces.
Cossitt Hall today houses the classics and comparative literature departments, a faculty commons, three new dance studio/classrooms, offices for dance professors, new locker rooms, practice areas and green rooms for the dance program.
When first construced, the hall provided both social and athletic facilities for CC’s male students. In 1918 during World War I, the more than 500 men assigned to the
In 1948 artist Eric Bransby painted a mural in the entrance rotunda of Cossitt, and for 43 summers dance artist Hanya Holm conducted a dance course, mostly taught in Cossitt Gymnasium. Today CC’s Summer Dance Festival also uses the facilities in Cossitt Hall. For more information on the Cossitt Hall renovation, go to: http://www.coloradocollege.edu/welcome/walkingtour/CossittRestorationPresentation.pdf