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Ricks Center for Gifted Children (Denver, Colo.)


University of Denver. 2040 South York Street, Denver, Colorado 80208. Date built: 1991. Major renovation: 1997. Gross square feet: 30,225. "A major fundraising drive in 1990 resulted in funding for a new facility. The parent body alone raised more than $100,000 for this project. The Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation, Mrs. Ruth 0.W. Johnson, and several anonymous major donors were also essential to the success of the drive. In November 1991, Ricks Center for Gifted Children was dedicated and named after Alta Merle Ricks, our major benefactress. The new addition was completed in 1996 adding ten classrooms. An early childhood wing and a middle school wing now house the youngest and oldest students. A science lab, music recording studio, art lab, media and technology center are new, special features of the Ricks Center facility. The new facility was designed by architects who encouraged the children to contribute their ideas, and today it stands as a reflection of the unique learning needs of its students. Classrooms, a science and visual arts laboratory, media services, a foreign language lab, a multi-purpose room (for physical education, drama, music), and administrative office space are all housed in one building. Outdoor playgrounds are located on the site, and students also have access to many University of Denver facilities." Brick with copper roof and limestone trim?

Found in 14 Collections and/or Records:

Box 1, Family Photos, 1882 - 2005

 File — Box: M454.0001
Identifier: M454.01.0001
Overview Box 1 contains several photographs, some from the sixties and seventies, and several of Alta Merle Ricks' family. Some of these photographs are very old, and fragile. Also inlcuded is a few old documents and one (1) program from a Ricks' Center memorial of her death. One of the folders is full of photographs of Alta's son Jerry. Some photos are labeled, most are not.
Dates: 1882 - 2005

Box 10, Pins, 1965

 File — Box: M454.0010
Identifier: M454.04.0010
Overview Box 10 contains a shadow box in which are several pins and memorabilia collected by Alta Merle Ricks. This includes several golfing pins, a Daughters of the American Revolution pin, and others.
Dates: Majority of material found within 1965

Box 2, Photos, 1910 - 1946

 File — Box: M454.0002
Identifier: M454.01.0002
Overview Box 2 contains a framed photograph of Alta's son Jerry, a large photograph of Alta as a child, and a group photograph inside a restaurant folder.
Dates: 1910 - 1946

Box 35, 1982 - 2003

 File — Box: U338.0035
Identifier: U338.07.0035
Overview Photographs from disassembled scrapbooks. Photos in well-labeled folders in chronological order of student activities from years 1985-2003; labels correspond with scrapbooks from which photos were removed. Box also contains photos of groundbreaking, construction, and move-in of the Ricks Center building, 1991. Many of the photos are identified; most are not.
Dates: 1982 - 2003

Box 36, 2003 - 2012

 File — Box: M338.0036
Identifier: U338.07.0036
Overview Box 36 contains photos disassembled from scrapbook of student activities dated 2003-2012; labels correspond with scrapbooks from which photos were removed. Many photos are identified, most are not.
Dates: 2003 - 2012

Box 37, 1993 - 2010

 File — Box: U338.0037
Identifier: U338.08.0037
Overview Box 37 contains trophies and plaques for competitions including Mathematics, 2010 World Affairs Challenge, Chess, and DU Homecoming. Also included is one (1) framed dedication of the building to Alta Merle Ricks.
Dates: 1993 - 2010

Box 41, 1999

 File — Box: U338.0041
Identifier: U338.08.0041
Overview Box 41 contains two (2) chess trophies won by Ricks Center students in 1999. 1st and 3rd place.
Dates: 1999

Box 42, 1999 - 2000

 File — Box: U338.0042
Identifier: U338.08.0042
Overview Box 42 contains a 1st Place Denver Chess League plaque with stand. Year 1999-2000.
Dates: 1999 - 2000

Box 5, Decorative Items and Souvenirs

 File — Box: M454.04.0005
Identifier: M454.04.0005
Overview Box 5 contains items owned and collected by Alta Merle Ricks. Items include decorative vase and bowl, a selective service medal for her husband, jewelry made by students of Ricks Center, a VHS from televangelist Robert Schuller, and decorative Chinese souvenirs.
Dates: 1882-2005

Box 6, Trophies, 1917 - 1966

 File — Box: M454.0006
Identifier: M454.03.0006
Overview Box 6 contains trophies of Alta Merle Ricks and/or her family. This includes bowling trophies, a Lads 'n Lassies trophy for Alta and her husband, and a W.F. Williams Award given to Ethel McMahan (Alta's mother) in 1917.
Dates: 1917 - 1966