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Two blocks west of the downtown shopping district is the Colorado School of Mines.  The CSM campus is a pleasant place for a stroll, with 100-year-old trees and equally old buildings abounding. 

1 Geology Museum - 1301 Maple Street
Though this building was completed in 2003, the school began this museum in 1874, with “a cabinet of minerals…that shall fully represent the rich and varied mines of our incomparable territory.”
The collection has grown over time into one of the finest geology museums in the world. The collection officially became a museum in 1940. Berthoud Hall opened that year and space was designed specifically to serve as a museum. The museum remained in Berthoud Hall for more than sixty years, until a new and larger space was built as part of the new Hall of Research in 2003.
2   Steinhauer Field House
This structure was completed in 1937. It includes a running track and is used for various indoor sports practices. It was named for Frederick Steinhauer who graduated from Mines in 1899 and served on the Board of Trustees for twenty years.
3 Volk Gymnasium
This building, completed in 1960, was named for Russell Volk, class of 1926 with a Masters in 1931. Volk was considered one of the foremost athletes of his generation. He went on to a career in the petroleum industry and served on the School’s board of trustees, as President of the Alumni Association, and on the board of the Colorado School of Mines Foundation. This building is home to the Physical Education and Athletics Departments.
4 Leather Helmets and Broken Noses
While leading Mines’ 1939 football team to an undefeated season, Lloyd W. Madden also led the nation in scoring and was named a 1st Team All-American. Additionally, he was an outstanding track athlete, later, a professional football player. Donated by Stewart Chuber, geological engineer, Colorado School of Mines Class of 1952. The piece is dedicated to Lloyd W. Madden, geological engineer and one of Mines’ finest athletes, Colorado School of Mines Class of 1941. The sculpture, created by artist Bob Coffee, is placed outside Volk Gymnasium on Maple Street.
5 Student Residence Halls
For many years the School of Mines did not offer housing. Students generally lived in fraternities or in private homes. An influx of students after World War II created a housing crisis. The first permanent residence hall, Bradford Hall, was completed in 1954. Randall Hall joined it in 1957. Morgan and Thomas Halls were added in 1967.
6 Granite Lines
In the courtyard of the Ben Parker Student Center are Sculptural Benches, created in granite by Richard Hansen, in 1997. The benches are a result of the Art in Public Places Program, administered by the Colorado Council on the Arts.
7 Student Center/Dining Hall
Completed in 1964. The Ben Parker Student Center was named after a past President, alumnus, and member of the board of trustees. Dr. Parker received his Master’s degree in 1932 and his PhD. in 1934.  A Petroleum Geologist, Dr. Parker joined the Geology faculty in 1933 and served as the School’s president from 1945-1950. The Student Center houses the Registrar, the Admissions & Financial Aid offices, and the bookstore.
8 Denver Miner
The sculpture, created by Ray Kling, can be seen in the entryway of the Ben Parker Student Center. It was purchased in 1996 from the Central Bank and Trust Company.
9 Berthoud Hall
Completed in 1940, funded by the Works Progress Administration. Edward Berthoud was instrumental in founding both the School of Mines and Golden itself. He served on the Board of Trustees in the School’s early years. Berthoud was active in railroad construction in Colorado and was the Chief Engineer of the Colorado Railroad Company. The Geology and Geological Engineering Departments are based in Berthoud Hall.
10 Student Recreation Center
Opened in 2007, the recreation center features a fitness lab, a climbing wall, running track, basketball and volleyball courts, swimming pool, a studio for yoga and aerobics, a juice bar, and many other amenities. 303-273-3513.
11 The Greeting
The sculpture depicting a North Plains Indian elder by artist George Carlson is located between the Ben H. Parker Student Center and the Student Recreation Center. The artwork illustrates a gesture of universal greeting representing different cultures coming together in the hope of mutual understanding — a goal of the Mines community. John Lockridge, a 1952 Mines alumnus, and his wife Erika, donated the work in 2007.
12 Brown Hall
Completed in 1980. This building was named for George R. Brown, class of 1922. Brown founded Brown & Root, one of the world’s largest construction companies, and was a generous supporter of the School. Brown Hall is home to Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Mining, and undergraduate Environmental Engineering.
13 National Earthquake Information Center
This building, although situated in the middle of the campus, is not part of the School of Mines. It belongs to the U.S. Geological Survey and is dedicated to tracking and studying earthquakes around the world. Public tours are free, but offered only on Mondays and Tuesdays and only by appointment. Call 303-273-8420 to schedule a tour.
14 Gordian Knot
The complex tangle of stainless steel is approximately eight feet in diameter and was fabricated from more than 300 feet of pipe. Like the original Gordian Knot, it is without a beginning or end. The sculpture was commissioned by the state Art in Public Places Program and installed in 2008.
15 Center for Technology and Learning Media
This building opened in 2003 and provides a home for academic computing and networking, Studio Physics, and the Multidisciplinary Engineering Laboratories.
16 Alderson Hall
This building, completed in 1954, houses the Petroleum and Chemical Engineering Departments. It is named in honor of Victor Alderson, who became President of the School in 1903 and served a total of eighteen years in that position.
17 Four Story Stained Glass Window
Made of full antique, mouth-blown glass that was custom-ordered from all over the world, the four-story stained glass window in Alderson Hall’s entryway illustrates the concept of “flow,” and reflects the departments housed in this building: Petroleum Engineering and Chemical Engineering. The artist was Barbara Saul.
18 Meyer Hall
Completed in 1963. This building was named for Dr. Paul Meyer, who came to the School of Mines in 1883. In addition to teaching mathematics, he was also a practicing physician in the Golden community. The Physics Department is housed in this building.
19 The Green Center
Completed in 1992, the Green Center is named for Cecil Green, the founder of Texas Instruments, and his wife Ida. This building houses the Geophysics Department as well as two large lecture halls, a reception hall, and a 1,300 seat theater.
20 Of the Earth and Man
The sculpture by John T. Young, located in Kafadar Commons at the center of campus, represents the three stages of technology: Stone Age, Classical and Modern. It was commissioned in 1989 by the state Art in Public Places Program.
21 Engineering Hall
Completed in 1894, the Hall of Engineering is the oldest remaining building on the campus. Originally the Physics building, and long-time home of the Mathematics department, it now houses the Department of Economics and Business.
22 Hill Hall
Completed in 1958, this building is home to Materials Science, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. It is named after Nathaniel Hill, an early trustee of the school, who developed an effective process for smelting precious metals from complex sulfide ores. This process revived the gold-mining industry in the Central City region, which had been waning after the surface gold had been largely removed.
23 Stratton Hill
Completed in 1904, this building was named for W.S. Stratton. Stratton discovered the Independence Mine near Cripple Creek Colorado, which started the Cripple Creek gold rush. He also served as a Trustee to the School of Mines. Stratton Hall is now home to Liberal Arts and International Studies.
24 Chauvenet Hall
Regis Chauvenet became President of the School of Mines in 1893 and served until 1902. This building is home to Mathematical & Computer Sciences. It was originally two separate buildings: the Assay Lab (built in 1900) and the Heating Plant (built in 1904). They were joined in 1937.
25 A Friend to Lean On
The bronze burro statue beside Guggenheim Hall, was presented to Colorado School of Mines in 1995 by the Adolph Coors Foundation. It was created by artist Robin J. Laws.
26 Alumni Time Capsule
Located in front of Berthoud Hall is a time capsule dedicated to Mines alumni in celebration of the Alumni Association’s 100th anniversary — 1895 to 1995. The time capsule will be opened in 2045.
27 Guggenheim Hall
Completed in 1906, the building was constructed with a generous gift from Colorado’s U.S. Senator Simon Guggenheim. The President’s office and other Administrative offices reside here.
28 Arthur Lakes Library
The Library was completed in 1955. It is named in honor of Arthur Lakes, who provided many of the early surveys of Colorado’s mineral deposits. He taught geology at the school, served as head of the Geology Department, and was the first curator of the School’s geology specimen collection.
29 Coolbaugh Hall
Completed in 1952, this building is home to the Chemistry, Geochemistry, and Environmental Science & Engineering Departments. Melvin Coolbaugh came to Mines as a Chemistry Professor before World War I. After serving in the War, he worked in industry for several years until being asked to assume the Presidency in 1925. He served in that role for 21 years.
30 The “M”
Designed by Professor Joseph O’Byrne in 1908, the “M” on Mount Zion can be seen for many miles. The electric lights were added in 1932. In 2008, the incandescent light bulbs were replaced with energy-efficient LED lights.


Contributing Editors:

Dr. John U. Trefney, President Emeritus, Colorado School of  Mines

Dr. Wilton E. Eckley, Professor Emeritus, Colorado School of Mines, and author of Rocky Mountains to the Moon, a History of the Colorado School of Mines



Eckley, Wilton.  Rocky Mountains to the World – A History of the Colorado School of Mines.  Virginia Beach, VA: The Donning Company Publishers, 2004.

Campus Artwork.  Retrieved March 21, 2011 from Colorado School of Mines website:



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