From 1890 to 1907, enrollment at Mines grew from 65 to 298. To address the needs of a growing campus, Guggenheim Hall was added in 1906, providing students with a new library, more classrooms and an auditorium. With its stately proportions and skyward golden-domed tower visible from town, it immediately became the focal point of campus and continues to be an iconic symbol of Mines. The golden dome is one of the most photographed landmarks on campus.

Funding for the building came from an $80,000 donation from Simon Guggenheim, a wealthy Denver businessman, politician and philanthropist whose family made their fortune in mining and smelting. It was the largest monetary gift to a state institution at the time.

Guggenheim now houses the administrative units, including the president’s office, research and technology transferhuman resources, legal services, internal audit, Title IX and compliance, the controller’s office and the copy center.

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Guggenheim Hall

1500 Illinois St
Golden, CO 80401

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1500 Illinois Street
Golden, CO 80401