EISENHOWER HOSPITAL SUITE RESTORATION -- Aurora, Colorado
In 1955 the attention of the world was fixed on Aurora, Colorado where President Dwight W. Eisenhower recovered from a heart attack. Although a VIP suite, the austere military rooms, as well as the cardiac care of the time, stand in stark contrast to the state-of-the-art medical campus at the decommissioned Fitzsimons Army Medical Center today.
Clues that informed the restoration of the suite to it's original 1955 condition were discovered in unexpected places ranging from copious Secret Service notes, to press conference questions about color, to the seasoned contractor who could pinpoint the time that painters changed from brush to roller.
Architecture Matters wrote the successful State Historic Fund grant proposal that funded the restoration. We also researched, wrote and designed the accompanying educational and interpretive display that explores the political, social, and medical aspects of the time.