Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation
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*ECDC/African Community Center
*Bal Swan Children's Center
*Children's Outreach Project
*Early Connections Learning Centers
*Elizabeth Early Childhood Programs
*Mount Saint Vincent Home


Temple Hoyne Buell was born in 1895 to a prominent Chicago family. His grandfather was a reform mayor of Chicago, and his great-great grandfather was among the 13 pioneers who incorporated the village of Chicago in 1833. He studied architecture at the University of Illinois, then pursued graduate studies at Columbia University.


During World War I, Mr. Buell served in France, where he was exposed to phosgene gas. Diagnosed with life-threatening tuberculosis, Mr. Buell moved to Denver for treatment in 1921. He regained his health and went on to establish the largest architectural firm in the Rocky Mountain area. More than 300 Buell-designed buildings are part of Colorado’s architectural legacy, including designated landmarks such as the Paramount Theatre and Horace Mann Middle School. The Paramount Theatre is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places. 


Mr. Buell earned recognition nationally as an architectural visionary, particularly for the conceptualization of the first "central-mall" shopping center designed with the parking lots encircling the shops. He presented his concept to the Urban Land Institute in 1946 and later built the original Cherry Creek Shopping Center in accordance with his vision. This model became the prototype of today’s malls. 


His distinctive career and numerous achievements were recognized with the awarding of honorary doctorate degrees from Columbia University and the University of Colorado. Mr. Buell died in 1990 at the age of 94.


Mr. Buell was a civic and business leader in Colorado throughout his life. The Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation was established in 1962 in order to support his charitable interests, which included the education of architects, research into catastrophic illnesses, and programs throughout Colorado to prepare young people to live healthy lives and contribute responsibly to the community. Formerly, such contributions were often in the form of capital projects including the Temple Hoyne Buell Heart Center at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, the Temple Hoyne Buell Hall at the University of Illinois, the Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University, and the Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre in Denver.


In 1995, the trustees of the Foundation changed its emphasis to programs and initiatives for children, especially in the areas of early intervention, prevention, and improving the social and educational systems critical to the well-being of Colorado’s youngest citizens.



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