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Breckenridge Community Center and library

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Breckenridge grand vacations community center and library

The Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center and Library renovation project will completely transform a century-old building on Harris Street in Breckenridge, creating a new gathering space for the Summit County community.

The original brick schoolhouse structure was built in 1909, with an addition at the rear of the building added in 1921, including an auditorium, gymnasium and an indoor swimming pool. Since then, the building has been home to Breckenridge Town Hall and Colorado Mountain College, accumulating various layers of history as part of the town's National Historic District.

The finished community center will have three levels. The lower level will be home to the new Speakeasy Theater and will include an addition housing the theater's concessions, restrooms and a new entrance. The majority of the remaining space on the lower level will be consumed by a general-purpose room, which could be used for events and receptions and will have its own set of restrooms, a warming kitchen and a coffee shop.

On the main level of the building will be the Summit County Libraries' South Branch Library, with book stacks in the large, open portion of the room that used to be home to the gymnasium, plus study rooms around the edges and access to the mezzanine level. The mezzanine is divided into office spaces for The Summit Foundation, the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance and the Breckenridge Film Festival, as well as a few nooks and crannies that will become small lounge areas and causal meeting places.

For more information on the project, visit http://breckheritage.com/community-center-and-library.