The Colorado College Van Briggle Building
The improvements at the former Van Briggle Pottery Building, which is currently the location of Colorado College Facilities Services, is intended to enhance the historic character of the building, screen outdoor parking areas, add improvements to Glen Avenue, and improve the landscape treatment around the building.
The primary feature on the site is the new screen wall which encloses parking and service areas. The feature art wall facing west utilizes the Flemish bond pattern with dark ends to reflect the character of the historic Van Briggle Building. Further detail was added by utilizing original Van Briggle tile accents on the wall pilasters.
The Schlessman Family Garden is centered on the art mosaics, carved limestone pilaster elements, and the bronze reliefs of Artus and Anne Van Briggle. The garden includes a variety of plant materials, benches, and gathering space to view the art and celebrate the Van Briggle legacy, the history of the building and the pottery that was created within it.
Custom ornamental metal fencing was added around the property. The enhancement maintains the security needed but is more respectful of the architectural character of the site. The fence design was inspired by the window arches present in the dormer windows seen on the main building and repeated in the mosaic brick surrounds. The cottage garden plantings were enhanced and brought around the building to create a unified character for the property.