spanish peaks library
studiotrope Design Collective was commissioned to rehabilitate the abandoned Huerfano County High School, which was on the National Register of Historic Places, into the new Spanish Peaks Main Library. The newly formed District chose to take an aggressively innovative approach to expanding the building into a new type of community incubator; a Library and Learning Center combined. Studiotrope was chosen first to study the feasibility of rehabilitating the abandoned relic and second to help define and create the multi-use community center. The rehabilitation of a property on the National Historic Registry required acute sensitivity towards the historic defining characteristics of the existing architectural features and context. The finished building is a direct response to these characteristics as it celebrates the unique qualities of the past century and showcases today’s technological advances.