The Fall 2013 University of Wyoming American Studies Historic Preservation class created a public campaign to bring attention to and inspire preservation efforts for Mid-Century Modern architecture in Laramie, Wyoming. Mid-Century Modern (MCM) architecture, most of which is 50 years old or more, has been identified by the historic preservation community as a threatened resource worthy of protection. The students identified and researched several buildings of interest in Laramie, Wyoming.
This collection consists of two documents: Mid-Century Modern Project (2013) includes a project overview and a compilation of student essays on the importance of Mid-Century Modern (MCM) architecture and case studies on 23 buildings throughout Laramie. Mid-Century Modern Architecture, Laramie, Wyoming, is a PowerPoint presentation given by students at a public presentation in December, 2013. The project overview provides information on the purposes and extent of the project. The student essays provide different perspectives on why MCM architecture is worthy of preservation. The case studies include architecture of institutional, commercial, and residential importance.
The MCM period came after World War II and went through the end of the Cold War. The architecture embodied the daring and modern attitude of the time. Architectural styles included flat roofs, “soaring” eaves, large square windows, and widespread use of aluminum and other materials that were widely available until after World War II. This project was done under the supervision of Mary Humstone with a class of graduate students through an American Studies class on historic preservation.
Mary M. Humstone