Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

History Colorado Center: Are Coors bottles really part of the recycled floor?

"In the real world, nothing happens at the right place at the right time. It is the job of journalists and historians to correct that." So said Mark Twain, and after the first historic week of the History Colorado Center, we have a quick correction: You may not be walking on Coors bottles. When we'd toured the unfinished facility last fall, we were told that the floor included recycled bottles from Coors, itself a piece of Colorado history. But while a sign in the elevators notes that beer bottles might well be included in the composition of those floors... ...there's no guarantee that those bottles are from Coors.

A little revisionist history. Here's the official word from History Colorado spokeswoman Rebecca Laurie: "The floor is made with a variety of different types of recycled glass, including beer bottles, as we understand it. And while there's no way to know the percentage of what could be beer vs. other recycled glass (or of that recycled beer glass, what percentage could be Coors), given the popularity of Coors in the general market, there's likely Coors glass -- as well as other major brands -- in the floor."

And the rest is history.

Read Michael Paglia's review of the History Colorado Center (which he loved) and its contents (which he didn't) in his column "The new History Colorado Center is an architectural triumph" and see more suggestions in the Show and Tell post "Ten shows the History Colorado Center should have opened with."

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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