Jefferson County Government Center
Golden, Colorado, USA531,000 sfCompletion 1993
Revered by locals as the “Taj Mahal,” the dignified Government Center — and the county it serves — takes its inspiration from the work of an American president who set a standard for early civic and academic architecture.
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In addition to emphasizing technical innovations and resource conservation, Fentress’ design pays homage to Thomas Jefferson in the atrium dome’s interpretation of the Rotunda on the University of Virginia campus: the Government Center’s awe-inspiring, 125-foot high central rotunda is finished with warm, natural cherry wood, terrazzo flooring and brass accents that harken to traditional civic architecture. Two-toned precast on the exterior blends with the nearby Rocky Mountain foothills.